Covid vaccination for teenagers: 65% get first dose in 1 month: Mandaviya

NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that since the start of the vaccination programme last month, 65 percent of teenagers aged 15 to 18 have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

"The historic endeavour of Young India continues. Sixty-five percent of those aged 15 to 18 had received their first dose in less than a month. The world's largest immunisation campaign is breaking records under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership "Mandaviya retweeted.

According to the CoWIN site, 5,20,77,039 adolescents in this age group have received their first dose of Covid vaccination. According to a report from the Ministry of Health, the second dose was delivered to 34.90 lakh eligible adolescents.

So far, 1,39,05,969 Precaution Doses have been administered to qualified beneficiaries, with 35,61,948 doses for healthcare personnel, 43,99,520 doses for frontline employees, and 59,44,501 doses for those aged 60 and more.

As the number of cases of Covid-19 increased in India, the government launched a statewide vaccination campaign for teenagers aged 15 to 18 years old on January 3. Till now, only Bharat Biotech's indigenously manufactured 'Covaxin' has been given to this age group.

According to provisional statistics as of 7 a.m., India's vaccination coverage had surpassed 168.47 crore with the delivery of more than 55 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours.

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