New Delhi: India is likely to require 15.63 crore vaccines by end of December but may witness a production of 31 crore Covishield and Covaxin jabs in December. According to a report in the Times of India, vaccine production could thus be double the requirement of vaccines in December. According to the report, some of these vaccines will also be imported to friendly nations.
The development comes even as India has completed administering 117 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to its adult population and is aiming to achieve a 100 per cent vaccination target by end of 2021. According to the Union Health Ministery, a total of 63,98,165 vaccine doses were administered to beneficiaries till 7 pm on Monday.
India’s vaccination programme so far
The vaccination drive in the country began on January 16. The healthcare workers were the first ones to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccination drive for frontline workers started on February 2, 2021. From March 1, the government launched the vaccination drive for people above the age of 60 years and 45 years and with certain co-morbidities.
From April 1, the government launched the vaccination programme for all people above the age group of 45 years. This was further expanded to people above 18 years of age from May 1.
The government is aiming to inoculate 100 per cent of its population by end of the year. The Union Health Ministry has launched a campaign called – Har Ghar Dastak to undertake door-to-door vaccination.
On Monday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a meeting with states which have a low vaccination percentage.