India, one of the severely affected countries in both waves with the Coronavirus pandemic, had launched a nationwide vaccination drive to administer the vaccine doses to the beneficiaries. The massive vaccination drive was launched in India earlier in January last year. Since last year, millions of beneficiaries have been given doses.
As an example of how successful the vaccination drive has been, the massive landmark of 150 crore was crossed in the vaccinations administered in the country. The official data says that the massive milestone was crossed earlier today.
The vaccine doses administered today helped India cross the huge milestone. The total count of Covid vaccine doses administered in the country rose to a whopping 150 crore, 1,50,02,97,259 to be precise after more than 33 lakh vaccine doses were given to the beneficiaries today.
The 150 crore vaccine doses include more than 87 crore people who were given the first dose of the vaccine while more than 62 crore people were administered both doses of the anti-Covid vaccine.
When the vaccination drive was started earlier on Jan 16 last year, the doctors and Health Care Workers who fall under the Front Line Warriors were given importance in giving the vaccine doses. The warriors working in state-run institutions and private establishments were administered the doses.
More beneficial groups were added to the list to administer the vaccine doses in the second phase of the vaccination drive which was started a few months later. In the second phase older people above the age of 60 and people above 45 years with co-morbidities were vaccinated against the virus.
Ramping up the vaccination drive, the Indian government paved the way for the vaccination of all the beneficiaries who were above the age of 18. The third phase of the vaccination drive helped the governments to administer beneficiaries in massive numbers across the country.
The vaccine doses developed by two Indian vaccine makers, Pune-based Serum Institute of India and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech mostly to administer the beneficiaries. Later, the doses like Russia's Sputnik V were added to the list of doses that were used to vaccinate the beneficiaries.