Tika Utsav: India administers over 1.28 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses in four days of ‘vaccine festival’

A total of 1,28,98,314 COVID-19 vaccines were distributed among the eligible groups across the country during the Tika Utsav, notified Union health ministry on Thursday.

The health ministry said that the four days of Tika Utsav saw intense vaccination activity. 29,33,418 vaccination doses were given on April 11 and another 40,04,521 were given the next day. “The corresponding figure for April 13 and April 14 stands at 26,46,528 and 33,13,848,” the ministry said. The four days Tika Utsav was started on Sunday to inoculate a maximum number of eligible people against the coronavirus.

Maharashtra (1,11,19,018), Rajasthan (1,02,15,471) and Uttar Pradesh (1,00,17,650) have administered more than 1 crore vaccinations cumulatively. The health ministry further stated that the Tika Utsav led to a growth in the number of COVID vaccination centres and daily vaccinations. Furthermore, the ministry said that– “India has been scaling multiple peaks to vaccinate vulnerable sections of its populations against the COVID-19 virus. The strongly expressed demand by the Prime minister for observing the days between April 11 and 14th as ‘Tika Utsav’ saw many workplace vaccination centres operational across private and public workplaces.”

On average, about 45,000 CVCs used to be operative on any given day. On Day-1, Day-2, Day-3 and Day-4 of the four day “Tika Utsav”, 63,800, 71,000, 67,893 and 69,974 CVCs were active, respectively. Additionally, on average, Sunday used to witness lower levels of vaccination numbers (about 16 lakh). But, on the first day of Tika Utsav, which was a Sunday, more than 27 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 8 pm that day,” it added.
Meanwhile, India reported its highest-ever single-day spike in COVID-19 with over 2 lakh cases on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry. With over 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India recorded the highest single-day spike ever since the pandemic began last year. According to the figures cited by ANI, the country’s total number of cases now stands at 1,40,74,564, including 14,71,877 active cases. India also reported 1,038 fresh COVID-related fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 1,73,123.

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