COVID-19: Andhra Pradesh sets new record with 13.59 lakh people vaccinated in a day
In a major milestone for Andhra Pradesh, health officials vaccinated more than a million people in a single day against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Sunday.
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh has set a new record by administering over 13 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines till 8 pm today. A total of 13,45,004 vaccine doses were administered to people across the state in a special drive that ended at 9 pm.
According to a report by PTI, 11 million people in the state have received the first dose of the jab, while 2.729 million people have been administered the second dose since the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme began on January 16 nationwide.
As many as 28,917 staff of the Medical and Health Department, 40,000 ASHA workers and 5,000 other staff made the unique feat possible in a marathon 15 hours in 4,589 vaccination centres across the state, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said on Sunday night.
The mega vaccination drive, with focus on people over the age of 45 years and mothers with children under five years of age, began at 6am in more than 2,200 locations in all 13 districts of the state.
The two Godavari districts, East and West, topped the list with 0.148 million and 0.143 million vaccinations so far on Sunday. Krishna, Visakhapatnam and Guntur also crossed 100,000-mark each. In the previous single-day jump, 628,961 people were vaccinated in Andhra Pradesh on April 14.
The number reached 11.85 lakh at 5 pm, tweeted Arogya Andhra, the official Covid response handle of the state government.
The special vaccination drive was undertaken by the state health department on the orders of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Previously, the state created a record by administering over 6 lakh vaccines in a day.
Meanwhile, the state reported 5,646 fresh Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours. While 7,772 people recovered and another 50 succumbed to the viral disease. The death toll in the state now stands at 12,319 and the active caseload has now reduced to 63,068, according to the daily health bulletin released on Sunday.
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