According to the data released by the Ministry of Health, Government of India late on Thursday night, the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the country has crossed 131 crores at 7 pm on Thursday.
Apart from the entry in India of Omicron variants, which are considered to be new and dangerous variants of Corona virus, the campaign of vaccination is going on in the country and the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine has crossed 131 crores. Under the vaccination campaign, more than 67 lakh doses were given on Thursday.
According to the data released by the Government of India late on Thursday night, the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the country at 7 pm on Thursday has crossed 131 crores. A total of 131,09,90,768 doses were given till Thursday across the country. Till Thursday alone, more than 67 lakh i.e. 67,11,113 doses were given.
Vaccination campaign started from 16 January
Earlier, the Union Health Ministry had told on Wednesday that the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the country has crossed 130 crores. Till Wednesday 7 pm, more than 72 lakh vaccine doses were given.
The vaccination campaign in India was started earlier this year on January 16, in which health workers were vaccinated in the first phase. After this, the next month the vaccination campaign of frontline workers was started from 2 February.
After vaccination of health workers in the initial phase, the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination was started from March 1 for people above 60 years of age and sick people aged 45 years and above. Then from April 1, vaccination was started for all people above 45 years of age in the country. After this, the central government took a step forward and allowed vaccination to all adults above 18 years of age from May 1.
Booster dose not needed for 9 months: Ministry
In view of the emergence of Omicron variants across the world, the demand for booster doses has increased everywhere and there is a demand to allow booster doses in India too, but the Health Ministry made it clear that 9 months for both the doses. Till then there will be no need to take any other dosage.
According to sources, in the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare, it was informed by the Ministry of Health that people who have taken two doses of the vaccine do not need to take the third dose for the next 9 months. This will not be called a booster dose but the third dose.
The Union Health Ministry said that so far no policy has been made regarding the third dose. Also, no decision has been taken yet to give vaccine to children, but research is still going on on that. At present, 23 cases of Omicron variants have been reported in 5 states in the country. Maharashtra has the highest number of cases of Omicron and so far 10 cases have been registered here.
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