On 16 January, 2022 India’s Covid vaccination drive completed one year. India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the same day last year and during this period over 157 crore vaccine doses were administered till now.
This is world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country. Vaccination was made free for everyone above 18 years of age on 21st June, 2021. India’s vaccination program is a story of the unparalleled journey of the country. It showcases the Indian model and the extraordinary achievement of our country guided by the unshakable conviction of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the hidden potential and capabilities of the citizens of the country. Two indigenously developed made in India vaccines by Covaxin and Covishield played a pivotal role in this achievement.
Now both the made in India vaccines have multiplied their production and helping the people of many countries in the fight against the corona pandemic along with India. The current vaccine production capacity of Covishield in India is approximately 25 crore doses per month, and that of Covaxin is around six crore doses per month.
Starting initially by inoculating vaccines to healthcare workers, it was then expanded to frontline workers, followed by people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with comorbidities. Later it was also expanded to all above 45 years of age and then those above 18 years of age. The vaccination drive for those between the age group 15-18 was started on January 3, 2022 and for administering the precautionary doses to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and sixty plus individuals then commenced on January 10 this year.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has saluted each and every individual who is associated with the vaccination drive on completion of one year of vaccine drive. The Prime Minister has lauded the role of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers for vaccination drive. He also said that India’s vaccination programme has added great strength to the fight against COVID-19.
In response to a tweet by MyGovIndia, the Prime Minister, in a series of tweets said; “Today we mark #1YearOfVaccineDrive. I salute each and every individual who is associated with the vaccination drive. Our vaccination programme has added great strength to the fight against COVID-19. It has led to saving lives and thus protecting livelihoods”.
“At the same time, the role of our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers is exceptional. When we see glimpses of people being vaccinated in remote areas, or our healthcare workers taking the vaccines there, our hearts and minds are filled with pride”.
“India’s approach to fighting the pandemic will always remain science based. We are also augmenting health infrastructure to ensure our fellow citizens get proper care. Let us keep following all COVID-19 related protocols and overcome the pandemic”.
INDIA SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE DETERMINATION AND CONSTANT EFFORTS OF PRIME MINISTER: AMIT SHAH
Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah also complimented Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for the successful completion of one year of India’s Covid vaccination drive and said the country has set an example for the world how the government and the people together can conquer impossible challenges.
Shri Shah also congratulated the scientists, health workers, Covid warriors and the people of the country for this endeavour. In a tweet he said, “With the efficient leadership, determination and constant efforts of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, India has set an example in the world that if the government and citizens unite in the interest of the nation and set a common goal, then the country can overcome the impossible and conquer every challenge”.
“I congratulate the talented scientists, health workers, all corona warriors and citizens on the successful completion of one year of the world’s largest free vaccination campaign in the fight against Covid under the strong and inspiring leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,” Shri Shah said in another tweet.
HEALTH MINISTER RELEASES COMMEMORATIVE POSTAL STAMP
Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya released a commemorative Postal Stamp on COVID-19 Vaccine on 16 January, 2022 to mark the first anniversary of India’s National Covid-19 Vaccination program. This stamp signifies the remarkable work done by the frontline healthcare workers and scientific community across the country in protecting the people against the COVID pandemic.
THANKS TO PM’S STELLAR LEADERSHIP & HEALTH WORKER’S EFFORTS: JP NADDA
On the one year occasion BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda said the task of jabbing the country’s billion plus population seemed impossible but was made possible under the stellar leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with over 92 percent of population having received the first dose. He expressed gratitude to millions of health and frontline workers, doctors and scientists and people of the country for their concerted efforts to make the massive vaccination drive a success.
In a series of tweets, Shri Nadda said, exactly a year ago, India embarked on the arduous journey of vaccinating its more than 135 crore people amidst the raging Covid pandemic. A task that seemed impossible was made possible under the stellar leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi. The world stood up and applauded us.
The BJP National President said that India has so far administered 156 crore vaccine doses, of which 99 crore doses have been given in rural India. 70% of our adult population is fully vaccinated. More than 3 crore children have got their first dose since the program began. India has led the fight against Covid-19.
Over the past year, India has come together in this fight against Covid-19. Gratitude to the millions of health and frontline workers, doctors and scientists and most importantly people of our country for their concerted efforts to make this massive vaccination drive a success, he said in another tweet.