Union health minister Mansukh Mandviya tweeted, “It is a moment of great pride as over 50% of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against COVID-19 together.”
1,04,18,707 Covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered in the last 24 hours, and India has achieved the latest milestone through 1,32,44,514 sessions.
The health ministry said in a statement that government is committed to accelerating pace and expanding scope of vaccination throughout India.
It added, “The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.”
The Covid vaccination started on January 16 in India, with the Covishield vaccine. The coverage entered a new phase of universalisation in June after the second wave of the Covid pandemic claimed thousands of lives and strained the health infrastructure across India.
This new vaccination milestone has come at a time when many countries, including India, have reported cases of Omicron variant first detected in South Africa.