Nine months after the nationwide vaccination programme was started, India, on Thursday, crossed the major milestone of 100-crore vaccine doses.
A total of 100 crore vaccine doses were administered to the eligible population above 18 years under national vaccination drive in the country, the CoWin portal mentioned on Thursday.
The healthcare workers were the first ones to receive the covid-19 vaccine doses after the drive was launched on January 16, 2021. This was followed by the frontline workers who were included in the drive on February 2.
The adult population in the country above 60 and those above 45 years with an associated case of specific comorbidities were included in the vaccination drive as it was expanded on March 1. Later on May 1, the drive was open to all above 18 years of age in the country.
Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet, "India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.
Congratulating the nation on this historic moment, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in his tweet, "Congratulations India! Under the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been achieved".
As India has achieved this historical landmark, the health ministry has planned several events to mark the occasion. The Health Minister will release a song and an audio visual film to celebrate the milestone of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses. Mandaviya will release the film and song at the Red Fort later in the day. In another event, Modi will visit the centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi.