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Over 119 cr Covid vaccine doses administered in India so far: Govt

The cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 119 crore on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said

A health worker gives a visitor at a Ganpati pandal in Mumbai a dose of a coronavirus vaccine on September 15, 2021. (PTI photo)

The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 119 crore on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said.

Over 79 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday till 7 pm, it said, adding the tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late in the night.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1. The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years to be vaccinated from May 1.