Free COVID-19 precaution dose for all adults from today
India kicked off its free COVID-19 booster dose drive for adults on Friday. The drive has been organized as part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.' It will go on for the next 75 days until September 30. All adults in the 18 to 59 age group can get a free precautionary dose at government COVID-19 vaccine centers.
Adults who have completed 6 months since the administration of their second dose can avail the free booster dose. Health officials across the country will be implementing the drive through mass mobilization campaigns. States have been advised to put up camps en route the Amarnath Yatra (Jammu & Kashmir), Chardham Yatra (Uttarakhand), and Kanwar Yatra (North Indian states).
Launching 'Vaccination Ka Amrit Mahotsav' at Delhi's Nirman Bhawan, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya appealed to citizens to get the free dose. Health Secretary Rajiv Bhushan expressed concern over the low uptake of boosters in India's adult population. Only 8% of adults aged 18-59 have taken the precaution dose, as per the Health Ministry.
#LargestVaccineDrive #AmritMahotsav— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) July 15, 2022
आज़ादी के अमृत महोत्सव के अंतर्गत 15 जुलाई से 75 दिन तक चलने वाले, 18 वर्ष से अधिक आयु के लोगों के लिए मुफ़्त प्रीकॉशन डोज़ की व्यवस्था के बारे में जानकारी देते हुए माननीय स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण मंत्री डॉ. @mansukhmandviya @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/ZgOWUGEhUF
India's cumulative vaccination coverage crossed the 199-crore mark on Friday. Over 5 crore precaution doses have been administered across India. As per the Health Ministry, 96% of Indians have received their first dose and 87% have been given both doses. The Health Ministry also launched 'Har Ghar Dasktak 2.0' in June to ensure door-to-door vaccination and increase booster coverage.
India saw a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases this week. More than 20,000 cases were reported on Thursday, a first since February. The recovery rate stands at 98% and the active caseload stands at 0.32%. COVID-19 cases across the world rose by 30% in the last 2 weeks. As per WHO, this is being driven by 'highly transmissible' Omicron sub variants.