India is likely to cross the 100-crore mark in Covid-19 vaccination today. The country has so far (till Wednesday) administered as many as 99.70 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr @MansukhMandaviya ji will launch a song and audio-visual film to celebrate India's milestone of 100 crore #COVID19 vaccinations.
🗓️ October 21, 2021
🕧 12:30 PM
📌 Red Fort, New Delhi pic.twitter.com/vnUqeIpvT5
— Office of Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@OfficeOf_MM) October 21, 2021
The countrywide Covid-19 vaccination drive was started on 16 January with healthcare workers getting vaccinated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started on 2nd February. The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from 1 March for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45. The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from 1 April.
The government wants all of India’s 944 million adults to get vaccinated this year. As of now, 75 per cent of them have got at least one dose and 31 per cent have had two.
COVID-19 100 CRORE CELEBRATION:
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will launch a song and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort in Delhi. It will be held around noon to “celebrate the landmark milestone”.
SpiceJet will unveil a special livery at the Delhi airport to celebrate the 100 crore vaccine milestone on Thursday.
The health minister, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh will be present on the occasion.
Speaking about the flag, a source said, “The same 1,400-kg handwoven khadi tricolour, the largest in the country, which was unfurled in Leh to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 152nd birth anniversary and the 75th year of Independence will also be displayed at the Red Fort to mark the occasion (100 crore doses).”
To mark the occasion, announcements will be made on aeroplanes, ships, metros and at railway stations. Celebrations will also be held at central government hospitals in the city to mark the occasion.
India has so far reported 34.1 million COVID-19 cases and more than 452,000 deaths. Most during the second wave of infections of the Delta variant that surged through the country between April and May.