New Delhi: An estimated 4 crore eligible beneficiaries have not taken even a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine as on July 18, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar informed the Lok Sabha on Friday.
“As on 18th July, an estimated 4 crore eligible beneficiaries have not taken even a single dose of Covid vaccine,” she said in response to a question on the number and percentage of people who have not taken even a single dose.
Precaution doses were available free of cost to healthcare workers (HCWs), frontline workers (FLWs) and all beneficiaries above 60 years of age, from March 16 this year in government CVCs and for 18-59 years age group from April 10 in private CVCs. A special 75-day drive to administer precaution doses to all aged 18 years and above at government vaccination centres began from July 15.
The drive ‘COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava’ aimed at boosting the uptake of Covid precaution doses among eligible population, is being held as part of the government’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
According to the health ministry officials, 98 per cent of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 90 per cent have been fully vaccinated.