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India Likely To Cross 1 Billion Vaccine Doses Milestone Today, Mandaviya Appeals Get Vaccinated

New Delhi : Nine Months after India launched the biggest Vaccination Drive is all set to cross “1 billion” doses mark today. The government planning festivities for a “great achievement”. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has appealed to all those who are eligible to get vaccinated without delay and contribute to the “historic” journey.

According to data from CoWIN app the total vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 99.7 crore on Wednesday night. Around 75 per cent of all adults have received the first dose of the vaccine and 31 per cent have been administered both the doses.

Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a song composed by singer Kailash Kher and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort today.

“The country is close to making a vaccine century. To be a part of this golden opportunity, I appeal to the citizens who are yet to be vaccinated to contribute to this historic golden vaccination journey of India by getting vaccinated immediately,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

The government also plans to make public announcements on airplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations when the billionth shot is given.

Along with this, the largest khadi tricolor in the country, weighing around 1,400 kg, will be displayed at the Red Fort today, according to officials quoted by news agency PTI.

“After 100 crore doses are administered, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against Covid-19,” Mandaviya had earlier said.

Until now the culprit country of COVID19, China who gave this pandemic to the world has crossed the 100 crore mark.  It crossed the milestone in June.

RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority said, “We are doing 700 vaccinations per second. It will be a little difficult to find out who will be the ‘100 croreth’ beneficiary.”

“It is indeed a celebratory moment for India for reaching the 1 billion jab milestone for its vaccine coverage. We are also seeing the benefits of such wide coverage of vaccination in our country. By reflecting the numbers of the positive cases death rate and a smaller number of severe cases are getting hospitalised, hence it is in fact work in progress for us and we should continue vaccine coverage like it is going on till today. When we take a single dose of vaccine, we get protection up to 67 to 70%,” Dr Sonam Solanki, Consultant Pulmonologist, Masina Hospital, Mumbai said.

She further added, “But when the second dose is taken the effectiveness of the vaccine is up to 90%. Therefore, it’s very important to complete both vaccine doses. The recommendation for a booster dose has come as we are looking at the data coming from various trials currently it is recommended in people above the age of 65 or people from the age group of 19 to 65 who are at a higher risk of getting severe Covid infection or healthcare professionals and frontline workers, who are more prone to getting exposed to Covid again.” Dr Sonam Solanki said.

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