Over 57 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses given to states, UTs: Centre

Over 3.44 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, it further said.

More than 57.05 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to state and UTs so far, the Union Health ministry averred on Monday. Another 13,34,620 doses are in the pipeline, the ministry added.

Over 3.44 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, it further said. The ministry asserted the Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country.

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On August 19, the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by the government in the country has jumped over to 57.16 crore, adding over 48 lakh doses offered last Thursday, as per the Union health ministry. “While 26,66,831 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received the first dose, 6,01,437 were administered the second dose of the vaccine on Thursday,” the ministry averred in a statement on August 19.

“Cumulatively, 21,13,11,218 persons in the age group of 18-44 years across 37 states and Union territories have received their first dose and a total of 1,79,43,325 have received their second dose since the start of Phase-3 of the vaccination drive,” it said. The cumulative vaccination coverage of 57,16,71,264 doses is segregated on the basis of population priority groups, the ministry added.

As per a provisional report, on the 216th day (August 19) of the vaccination drive, an overall of 48,84,440 vaccine doses were offered amongst which 36,35,752 beneficiaries got the first dose and 12,48,688 received the second dose.