India achieves major milestone of ‘one billion’ vaccinations
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) October 21, 2021
New Delhi: India on Thursday achieved the major milestone of 100 crore vaccination-mark, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19. The CoWin portal mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India.
India’s vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic was launched on January 16, 2021. The healthcare workers were the first ones to get. Later, the frontline workers were also included in the drive from February 2. The State and Central police personnel, Armed Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence and others were included in the vaccination drive.
The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified comorbidities. From May 1, the vaccination drive was thrown open to all above 18 years of age.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said:
India scripts history.
We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians.
Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat. #VaccineCentury
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 21, 2021
Congratulating the nation on this historic moment, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, “Congratulation India! Under the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been achieved”.