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Over 2 crore children aged 15-18 have received 1st dose of COVID vaccine: Govt

By Priyanka Verma 
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Over 2 crore children aged 15-18 have received 1st dose of COVID vaccine: Govt

New Delhi: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday said over two crore youngsters in the 15-18 years age group have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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“Great Going, my Young Friends. Over 2 crore youngsters between the 15-18 age group have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in less than a week of vaccination drive for children,” Mandaviya tweeted.

According to health ministry officials, over 91 per cent of the adult population of the country has received at least one dose of the vaccine while more than 66 per cent have been vaccinated with both the doses.

The Health Minister said this took place in less than a week of vaccination drive for the children, new agency reported.The Covid-19 vaccination for adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years commenced from January 3.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry informed that, as per provisional reports till 7 a.m. today, the country’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 150.61 crore with the administration of 90,59,360 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours.

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The Health Ministry said 40,895 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours and the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the Covid pandemic is now at 3,44,12,740.

“Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.30%,” the ministry added.The Health Ministry further said 1,41,986 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

“India’s active caseload is presently at 4,72,169. Active cases constitute 1.34% of the country’s total positive cases,” the ministry added.

The nationwide Covid vaccination drive was rolled out earlier on January 16, 2021, with the healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase.The vaccination of frontline workers began from February 2 last year.

The next phase of vaccination commenced from March 1, 2021, for the people aged over 60 years and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.The vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years was launched from April 1 last year.

The Central government then expanded its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to be vaccinated from May 1, 2021.

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As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2021, COVID-19 vaccination drive for beneficiaries in the age bracket of 15-18 years began on January 3, 2022 across the country.

Earlier this month, PM Modi called the feat a “historic milestone” and thanked the scientists and the vaccine manufacturers in the country. “The country started the year (2022) with vaccination for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years,” he said. “At the same time, in the first week of the first month of the year itself, India is also achieving the historic milestone of 150 crore, 1.5 billion, vaccine doses,” he added while addressing an inauguration at the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) in Kolkata.

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