100 Crore Vaccination Turning Point Near, Second Dosage Surpasses First for 7 Days Straight

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The focus is on the second dosage and ensuring those who have actually taken the very first dosage come for the 2nd one on time, a senior government officials said. (Picture: Reuters File)

Around 1.6 2nd dosages were administered than 1.58 crore first shots for the very first time in between October 9 and 15. An official informed News18 the very first dosage coverage was nearing saturation

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  • Last Updated:October 20, 2021, 11:45 IST
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As India is set to cross the 100-crore vaccination milestone this week, 2nd dosages of Covid-19 vaccines have outrun the very first shots for the very first time in the last seven days, the information on the CoWIN platform shows.

This shows that the very first dose demand in the country is now plateauing and focus going on will be on second dosage. The October 9-15 week was also the very first in which more second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine was given than the very first dose, with 1.6 crore second jabs given versus 1.58 crore very first dosages. This week too from October 16-19 so far, 1.07 crore second doses have actually been provided compared to 81 lakh first doses. From October 13 to October 19, more 2nd dosages were administered provided than the very first dosage daily. On October 18, the gulf was wide as 52.6 lakh second dosages and 38.6 lakh first doses given throughout the day, data shows.A senior

government official told News18 that the very first dose coverage was nearing saturation with nearly 71 crore taking the first dose and the government is hoping that over 80 crore will eventually take the very first dose by the end of the year. “The focus is now on the 2nd dosage and ensuring those who have taken the first dosage come for the second one on time,” the senior authorities said.

The second dose numbers till September were tailing the very first dose provided the 84-day gap between the two dosages of Covishield, officials added. Up until now, the government has no strategy to minimize this period between the Covishield doses.Read all the

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