India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the 200 crores, or 2 billion mark, today, 18 months after vaccinations began in the country in January 2021.
199.97 crore covid vaccine doses were administered across the country until Saturday night, which includes 5.48 crore doses of the precaution dose.
It took 277 days to reach the earlier milestone of 100 crore doses. On 17 September last year, 2.5 crore vaccine doses were administered in a single day, the highest so far.
According to the health ministry data, 98 per cent of the adult population has received at least one dose while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated. As per data provided by Our World in Data, 62.1 per cent of the world’s population is fully vaccinated against the virus.
Health ministry officials also said that 71 per cent of the vaccination has taken place in covid vaccination centres located in rural and 29 per cent in urban areas, PTI reported. While 48.9 per cent of the total doses were administered to women, 51.5 per cent were administered to men.