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5.7 lakh receive Covid injections in 2 days, states said to step up vaccination campaign | India News

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NEW DELHI: India has significantly increased daily vaccinations against Covid-19 with more than 5.7 lakh recipients vaccinated successively on Thursday and Friday, while more than 10,000 sessions were conducted on both days.
On Saturday, however, the number of vaccinated beneficiaries dropped to around 2,06,130 as of evening, and the Center advised states to further increase the number of vaccinations and expand coverage through multiple simultaneous sessions.
So far, 37,06,157 beneficiaries have been inoculated through 68,830 sessions in just fifteen days, making India the fastest country to reach not only the one million goal, but also two million and three million brands in Covid-19 vaccination.
The Center also recommended that states use Aadhaar-based authentication as the preferred mode of verification of beneficiaries prior to vaccination.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan held a review meeting with state health secretaries and doctors from the National Health Mission.
Underscoring the huge room for improvement in the average number of vaccinations per session, he said that while some states have coverage greater than 50%, there are many that need to improve their performance. State health secretaries were asked to analyze the daily variation in the average number of vaccinations and take steps to increase them.
India launched its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on January 16 and aims to inoculate three million frontline and healthcare workers first. While only health workers were being vaccinated so far, now front-line workers will also start receiving the doses from the first week of February.
Initially, the government was targeting just 5,000 sessions per day by the end of January. However, with a steady supply of vaccines, states and large hospitals were allowed to begin several sessions in order to speed up vaccination.
The Center has also asked the district immunization officers to interact with the nodal officer at the session sites on a regular basis to assess the extent of this improvement.
He noted that vaccines are available in sufficient quantity and technical problems at Co-WIN have also been resolved.
The importance of timely data reconciliation was also stressed during the detailed review meeting.

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