India's 66?ult population given 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine: Govt

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India's 66?ult population given 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine: Govt

Mumbai : India's two-thirds of the adult population has received at least one dose of vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the government announced the major milestone on Thursday. Over 23% of the adult population have received both doses of the required two-dose regimen Covid vaccine, it added. 

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a media briefing that the landmark was achieved due to “tremendous work by some states.”

Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Sikkim have administered at least one dose of Covid-19 shot to its entire adult population. Bhushan said that Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Kerala, Ladakh and Uttarakhand have first dose vaccination coverage of more than 90%.

The official said that though India reported over 31,000 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, the absolute numbers have witnessed a decline. According to the health ministry, the weekly case positivity has declined from 21.48% between April 29-May 5 to 2.16% between September 16-22, with the country reporting less than 3% weekly positivity rate for the 12th consecutive week.

The government data suggests that 99% of India's health workers have been given at least one dose of the Covid vaccine and 84% of them have been fully vaccinated. All frontline workers have received the first Covid vaccine shot and more than 80% have received both doses, according to the health ministry. Bhushan said that 62.73% of the new Covid-19 cases over the last week were recorded in Kerala. “We may be witnessing a decline, but we need to continue to follow Covid appropriate behaviour,” he added.