Speaking to ANI at the launch of commemorative postage stamps on locally developed Covaxin to mark one year of vaccination campaign, Dr Bhargava said: “This is the largest vaccination campaign in the world. We have administered over 156 crore doses in one year and have been able to supply vaccines to over 100 countries in line with our philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.”
“It is a great satisfaction for our country that we did not need to ask any country for the doses of the vaccine,” the ICMR official said.
Speaking about the Omicron variant of coronavirus infection, he said: “We are in the middle of the Omicron variant. Although it is slightly milder, it spreads very quickly. We are worried about it and have started giving a precautionary dose to people over 60 years of age and people with comorbidities.”
Dr Bhargana added that hopefully the country will do much better this time with the least of hospitalizations and serious illnesses with a large population.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya who attended the event virtually informed that around 70% of adults in India have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while 93% have received the first vaccine.
“The campaign was launched on January 16 last year, with healthcare workers being vaccinated in the first phase,” the health minister said.
“Today is an important day for us as we have completed a year of vaccination campaign. The world is amazed by our vaccination campaign and over 156 million doses administered,” he added.
Mandaviya praised India for going through 157 crore of Covid-19 vaccinations in just one year and said the country has become an example in the world in the fight against coronavirus infection.
“January 16, 2021 will be remembered forever! Congratulations India for crossing 157 million #COVID19 vaccines in just 1 year. With PM @NarendraModiJi’s mantra, ‘Sabka Prayas’, has become an example to the world in the fight against COVID-19 . #1YearOfVaccineDrive,” Mandaviya tweeted.
India started its national Covid vaccination campaign on January 16, 2021.
Starting initially with the inoculation of healthcare workers with vaccines, it was later extended to frontline workers, followed by people over 60 and those over 45 with co-morbidities. Later, it was also extended to everyone over 45, then to those over 18.
The vaccination campaign for people aged 15 to 18 started on January 3, 2022, and to administer the precautionary doses to health care workers, frontline workers and more than sixty people, it then started on January 3, 2022. January 10 of this year.
According to the Union Health Ministry, 1,56,76,15,454 vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries, according to provisional reports up to 7 a.m. Sunday. In the past 24 hours, more than 66 lakh doses of vaccine have been administered.