New Delhi. India has achieved an important milestone of injecting 150 million doses of the vaccine amid rising cases of the new variant Omicron of the corona virus and the third wave of the virus. Till 8 pm on Friday, more than 150 crore 60 lakh doses had been administered in the country. With this, India achieved another major achievement. The number of vaccinations of adolescents, which started on Monday, has also reached above 20 million. The two crore mark has been crossed in just five days.
The figure of 150 crore doses was completed in the afternoon on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was attending the inauguration program of a hospital in West Bengal at that time in a virtual way and he announced it at the same time. Prime Minister Modi has called it a historic milestone. The Prime Minister said that 90 percent of the adult population of the country has been given two doses and since January 3, about 1.68 crore children in the age group of 15 to 17 years have been given one dose. By Friday evening, the number of vaccinations of children reached above two crore.
On completing the figure of one hundred and fifty crore doses, the Prime Minister said – This achievement is of the whole country, of every state government. Modi also thanked the country’s scientists, vaccine manufacturers and the Ministry of Health. He said that it is the result of the combined efforts of all that we have reached this summit from zero. Significantly, the vaccination campaign was started in the country from January 16 last year.
However, the central government had set a target of injecting 216 crore vaccine doses by the end of last year i.e. by December 2021. This target has not been achieved, yet reaching 150 million doses is a big achievement. Because it took four and a half months to apply the initial 20 crore doses. However, the vaccination of adolescents has started and from January 10, the third dose of the vaccine will start to health workers, frontline workers and sick elderly people above 60 years. This is called the preconception dose.