KOLKATA: Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya calls it an “extraordinary achievement that will be etched in history” as India proudly crosses the major landmark of giving two billion, 200 crores, COVID vaccination on Sunday.
This significant achievement took only 18 months after the drive began on January 16, 2021.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India creates history again! Congrats to all Indians on crossing the special figure of 200 crore vaccine doses. Proud of those who contributed to making India’s vaccination drive unparalleled in scale and speed. This has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19.”
Along with administering COVID vaccines to its citizens, India also exported more than 21 crore vaccine doses to 50 countries.
Under the “Make-in-India” and “Make-for-World” Strategy, India commenced the research, development and manufacturing of COVID19 vaccines.
“Despite the decline in COVID cases across the country, consistent efforts were ongoing to vaccinate all eligible citizens. This is exemplified by the fact that it took almost nine months to reach the 100 crores mark and another nine months to reach the 200 crores vaccination mark,” said an official from the health ministry.
“Several systematic interventions were also carried out in ensuring capacity building for carrying out this nationwide exercise,” the health ministry added.
The highest single-day vaccination record of 2.5 crores doses was achieved on 17 September 2021.
On 15th July 2022, the Union Government launched a 75-day long ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ to provide free precaution doses to all eligible adult population at Government COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
The gap between the second and the precaution dose of the covid vaccine for all beneficiaries was reduced from nine to six months.