- 13,45,004 vaccine doses were administered to people across Andhra
- Vaccination drive was conducted in 2,000 locations in 13 districts
- East Godavari district topped the list with 1.11 lakh vaccinations today
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 at 9 pm.
In the process, the state also crossed the one-crore mark in vaccinating people with the first dose.
"At 8 pm, over 1.3 million vaccinations have been completed across the state which is almost 50 per cent of the national vaccination drive. It is a remarkable achievement to show that our medical team and other staff can take up over 1 million vaccinations a day if government of India maintains the supply," the state government said in a statement.
"Special compliments to district collectors Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari Krishna and Guntur for making all out efforts in vaccinating more than 1 lakh doses today In their districts," it said.
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.
#NewRecord by #AndhraPradesh that did over #10LakhVaccinations on Sunday, to show that where there is a will, there is a way, with volunteers & healthcare workers going all out, with awareness that vaccines are one of the foolproof ways to combat #CovidPandemic@firstname.lastname@example.org/CgGu5E3VU0— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) June 20, 2021
Officials said the credit goes to the network of volunteers and healthcare providers who made this possible, with the understanding that vaccination is the only way to stop COVID-19.
The state reported 5,646 fresh Covid cases, while 7,772 recovered and another 50 died virus in the 24 hours ending 9 am today.
The vaccination drive, with focus on people over 45 years and mothers with children under five years, began at 6 am in more than 2,000 locations in all 13 districts of the state.
The department officials were hopeful that the number could touch 12 lakh by the end of the drive today.
The two Godavari districts, East and West, topped the list with 1.11 lakh and 1.08 lakh vaccinations today.