Government today said that more than 80 lakh 52 thousand beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 till today across the country. Addressing the media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Mandeep Bhandari, the second dose of COVID-19 vaccination started from today for beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of first dose. He said, seven thousand 668 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in the second phase so far.
Dr Bhandari said, more than 59 lakh healthcare workers and over 21 lakh frontline workers have been vaccinated till date. He said, Union Health Secretary today reviewed vaccination drive with all States and UTs. During the meeting, plans for adherence to timelines for covering all health care workers and frontlines workers with first dose of vaccines and scheduling their mop-up rounds was discussed along with efficient stock management practices.
The Health Ministry said, a total of 34 persons have been hospitalized after being administered the COVID-19 vaccine, so far. This comprises 0.0004 per cent of the total vaccinations. Of the 34 cases of hospitalization, 21 were discharged after treatment, while 11 persons died and two are under treatment. During the last 24 hours, no person has been hospitalized. The Ministry said, no case of serious or severe adverse event following immunization or death has been attributable to vaccination, till date.
Twelve States and Union Territories have vaccinated more than 70 per cent of the registered health care workers. These are Bihar, Lakshadweep, Tripura, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Sikkim. On the other hand, seven States and UTs have reported less than 40 per cent coverage of registered health care workers. These are Meghalaya, Punjab, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Nagaland and Puducherry.
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