India’s COVID immunisation effort, which reached 1 billion doses in October 2021 after only nine months and five days, is on track to surpass 2 billion doses as the gap narrows to 1.63 lakh doses. India has provided a total of 1,99,98,36,832 vaccination injections, with 1,63,168 more shots needed to reach the 2 billion doses mark. “Witness history being made! India, led by Prime Minister @NarendraModi Ji, is on track to reach the 200-million COVID-19 immunisation mark! The countdown has begun “On Saturday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya began the ‘Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ at the Covid Vaccination Camp in Nirman Bhawan here on Friday, urging people to acquire the free dosage to protect themselves against COVID-19.
“The free dosages were administered to all Health Ministry workers. My request to all residents above the age of 18 to acquire the free dose to protect themselves against COVID19, “Mandaviya stated.
Also Read: 491 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi
“On ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,’ all eligible populations (18+) will receive a free prophylactic dosage for the following 75 days, beginning today,” he said.
The free vaccination campaign was initiated with the goal of increasing the uptake of the COVID vaccine’s preventive dosage among the eligible adult population.
Festival of Covid Vaccine
This particular vaccination push is part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ festival and seeks to deliver free prophylactic doses to all adults (18 years and over) eligible population at Government COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs).
From July 15 to September 30, 2022, the Centre has announced a special programme called ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’ that would distribute free prophylactic doses at all Government Covid Vaccination Centres for everyone aged 18 and up for 75 days.
All people above the age of 18 who have completed 6 months (or 26 weeks) since the administration of the second dosage are eligible for the precaution dose.