The vaccination drive started in the islands on 16 January 2021. As per the records, 2.87 lakh people have received the Covishield vaccine against the target of 2.86 lakh, making it to 100.41% vaccination.
“A&N achieved 100% COVID vaccine coverage making it 1st State/UT to achieve the feat using only Covishield. UT Admin overcame Insurmountable odds for this extraordinary feat in one of the remotest parts of the world,” the island administration said in a tweet.
“Vaccination in A&N was extremely challenging as the UT is spread over 836 islands spread over 800 km from North to South separated by Rough Sea, Extremely Dense jungle, hills & exposed to Inclement weather”, the administration said in another Twitter post.
The Boldest Step under the able leadership of Hon'ble Lt. Governor @Admiral_DKJoshi was vaccinating most untouched Tribes of the world in A&NI. It was a leap of faith but was necessary to protect them from COVID19.@MediaRN_ANI @Jitendra_Narain
— Andaman and Nicobar Admn (@Andaman_Admin) December 19, 2021
The Union territory now has two active cases, while 7,570 people have recovered from the disease so far, including one in the last 24 hours, and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date, the bulletin added.