NEW DELHI: As the number of fully Covid-vaccinated individuals surpassed the partially jabbed eligible population for the first time, the government has expressed confidence that every adult will be covered with at least the first dose by the end of the month-long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign that was launched in November first week.
Over 114 crore doses have been administered so far — 38.4 crore people have received both doses, while 37.4 crore were jabbed once.
This assumes significance as it indicates that while majority of the country’s eligible adult population has now initiated vaccination, the second dose coverage has also increased substantially, particularly driven by the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign. “The staunch political commitment of the government to protect every citizen from Covid through vaccination has enabled the nationwide drive to achieve several feats ever since its inception on January 16, 2021,” health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
Currently, over 80% of the adult population has received at least the first dose of the vaccine, whereas over 40% has got both doses. The door-to-door vaccination campaign aims to ensure that the entire adult population of the country is covered with the first dose of Covid vaccine, while those who are due for the second dose are motivated to take it as per protocol.