Higher uptake in rural areas boosting India’s vaccination numbers – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The upswing in Covid vaccinations, that touched a new daily record of 1.03 crore doses on August 27, is primarily helped by significantly higher uptake in rural areas.
Rural India administered around 3.17 crore doses during the latest week (August 21-27), more than double the number of jabs given in urban areas. On an average 45.35 lakh doses were given in villages every day during the week, whereas an average 21.21 lakh doses were administered in urban areas per day.
Rural areas also registered higher week-on-week growth of over 18% in average daily vaccinations during the week ending August 27, as against the previous week. In urban areas, daily inoculation jumped by around 14% week-on-week.
Overall, around 4.7 crore doses of vaccines were administered during August 21-27, up 17% from 3.9 crore doses given in the previous week.
India has administered a total of over 63.33 crore doses of anti-Covid jabs so far. According to the website ourworldindata.org, India now ranks second in terms of delivering the most number of full vaccinations, next only to the US. However, the data for China is not available in the website that tracks global vaccinations.
Apart from the increasing uptake in villages, the overall rise in vaccination is also driven by those initiating vaccination, particularly since July. While this indicates a significant expansion in coverage of immunisation programme, the government is now also pushing states to prioritise administration of second dose.
Even as more than 37% of the country’s total population has received at least one dose, the share of fully immunised population with two doses is still low at 11%. States like UP, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have administered the largest number of doses of Covid vaccines so far.
While the government aims to cover the adult population by December, it will start vaccination of children once adequate doses are available for the same. Currently, only Zydus Cadila’s three dose vaccine ZyCoV-D has been approved for emergency use in children above 12 years of age.

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