In total, over 61 crore doses have been delivered, out of the approximately 188 crores required to completely inoculate the whole adult population of approximately 94 crores.
The recent achievement will serve as a shot in the arm for India’s national immunisation programme, which is one of the world’s largest inoculation campaigns.
But where does India stand when it comes to completely vaccination all adults? Is the administration on track to fulfil its ambitious goal of achieving universal adult coverage by the end of this year?
The immunisation campaign in India got off to a slow start, with only healthcare and frontline workers eligible for anti-Covid injections. The initiative was then expanded to encompass a variety of disadvantaged populations. Since May 1, anybody above the age of 18 has been eligible for Covid vaccination injections. This added around 94 crores to the vaccine budget. The number is projected to grow further when Zydus Cadila launches its vaccine for youngsters aged 12 and up, most likely in October.
The speed of India’s immunisation effort stepped up in June, with the availability of additional doses and the implementation of centralised procurement. Notably, before June 21, India’s dosage administration rate was approximately 8 lakh per day. However, it has risen to over half a crore each day after June 21.
Which states are leading?
According to state-by-state data, the vaccination rate varies quite a little. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, has able to reach 38% of adults with at least one dosage. In contrast, Himachal Pradesh, a thinly populated state, has provided a single dosage to virtually every adult.
Despite being the worst-hit state in terms of new infections, Kerala has done rather well in terms of vaccine coverage. It has given at least one dosage to roughly three out of every four individuals. Other afflicted states, like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, lag behind the national average because they have yet to deliver at least one dosage to half of their adult population.
While India’s feat of giving one dose of the Covid vaccine to 50% of people is commendable, the immunisation programme will not be successful until both doses are delivered. According to recent data, over 1.6 crore Indians skipped their scheduled second dosage of vaccination.
A lag in the vaccination procedure, or a substantial number of people skipping their second dosage entirely, is concerning for a country that has recently emerged from a devastating second Covid outbreak.
So far, little less than 15% of people have been completely immunised against Covid. The government intends to cover all adults by December 31 – an ambitious goal was given that it would require over 200 crore pills to accomplish. So yet, just roughly half of the needed dosages have been ordered.
Where does India sit in the world?
In terms of coverage, India, the world’s second-most populous country, lags well behind countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. India has provided more dosages than any of these countries combined. It gave enough dosages on Friday to cover the whole population of Israel. However, in comparison to its population, India has only delivered 43 doses per 100 persons.
Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Italy are well ahead of India due to their smaller population sizes. However, with vaccination rates increasing (85 lakh daily doses in the previous three days), it won’t be long until India catches up to these countries.
(Source – TOI)