Highlights:

  • The first dose of vaccination coverage in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Puducherry is below 70%
  • Since the commencement of the nationwide vaccination drive, almost 1.17 billion doses have been inoculated
  • On 21st October, India has surpassed the landmark of inoculating over 1 billion vaccination doses

On Monday, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya voiced that his meeting with officials from three states namely Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and the Union Territory of Puducherry based on low coverage of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will focus on the progress of vaccination in the named regions.

Taking to Twitter, Mandaviya wrote, “Will chair a review meeting today with the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and UT of Puducherry. Our discussion will centre around the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations in these regions and the roadmap to further scale up our fight against the pandemic.”

According to reports, the first dose of vaccination coverage in the aforesaid three states and Puducherry is below 70 percent. The related figures for the four regions are Puducherry (65.7 per cent), Meghalaya (56.7 per cent), Manipur (54.2 per cent) and Nagaland (49 per cent).

Altogether, since the commencement of the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16, 2021, almost 1.17 billion doses have been inoculated, among which 3,299,337 were administered in the past 24 hours, as per the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW). Among these, 765,872,227 individuals have received both doses.

Currently, individuals above 18 years of age are eligible for vaccination. The Centre eyes to fully vaccinate all 940 million adults by the end of the year. So far, nearly 81.5% of the adult population has been inoculated with the first dose, while almost 43 per cent are completely vaccinated. On 21st October, India has surpassed the landmark of inoculating over 1 billion vaccination doses.

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