New Delhi: The average daily vaccination against Covid-19 increased to 40.3 lakh doses in June, driven by a jump since the Centre took over procurement and supplies of 75% of domestically produced jabs from June 21.
The rolling weekly average of daily vaccination peaked between June 21-28 with 57.7 lakh doses given per day, which is also the highest weekly average in the world, barring China which has administered more than a billion doses.
Among other countries, Brazil records weekly average of 10.4 lakh doses, 8.7 lakh in US, 8.1 lakh in Germany, 5.9 lakh in France, 5.5 lakh in Italy and 3.5 lakh in UK, government sources said.
Of over 4.6 crore doses administered between June 21-28, more than 86% were first doses, underlining the expansion in Covid vaccination coverage as more people from different age groups received the jabs with Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat administering the maximum number of doses.
Currently, around 45% of over 45 years population has received at least the first dose of the jabs, whereas 11% have got both. While Tripura has over 97.9% of its estimated above 45 population vaccinated with at least first dose, states like Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Kerala, Mizoram, Sikkim and Uttarakhand have also covered over 60% in this segment.
Among people aged 18-44 years, nearly 15% have received at least the first dose. Daman & Diu has achieved the maximum coverage so far with 73% of its population in this age band receiving at least first dose. Besides, Sikkim, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Goa, Himachal, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Lakshdweep, Mizoram and Tripura also have over 30% coverage with first dose in this category.
Coverage among health and front-line workers —which was lagging for some time despite the Centre’s repeated push — has improved recently with 87% of HCWs and 91% FLWs covered with at least first dose, whereas 62% of HCWs and 49% of FLWs are now fully vaccinated. Vaccination against Covid had slowed down significantly in May with a daily average of merely 19.7 lakh doses amid rising cases keeping many away along with a shortage of vaccines.
News source- Economic Times