With 17,51,960 precautionary doses being administered to those aged 18-59 years on Saturday till 7 pm, the tally of such jabs given in this age group so far has crossed 5,22,88,707, according to Health Ministry data.
Those aged 60 years and above have so far been administered 3.44 crore precautionary doses.
So far, over 3.94 crore children aged 12 to 14 years have been administered the first dose while more than 6.13 crore adolescents between 15 and 18 years have been given the first dose.
A special 75-day drive to administer precautionary doses free of cost to all aged 18 years and above at government vaccination centers is underway.
The ‘Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’ drive which started on July 15 to boost the uptake of Covid precautionary doses among the eligible population, is being held as part of the government’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
The nationwide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 last year for people over 60 years and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions. Vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years began on April 1 last year. The government then decided to expand the ambit of the drive by allowing everyone above 18 years to be inoculated against Covid from May 1 last year.
Inoculation of adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years began on January 3. India began administering precautionary doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10.
The country began inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16 and also removed the comorbidity clause making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precautionary dose of Covid vaccine.
India on April 10 began administering precautionary doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.