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India’s new COVID-19 vaccination milestone in figures

How many people have been fully vaccinated and how many are yet to get a single shot? 

 
By Preetha Banerjee
Published: Thursday 21 October 2021
India's 1 billion vaccine doses: How many received both shots? Photo: @narendramodi / Twitter
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a vaccination centre at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Photo: @narendramodi / Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a vaccination centre at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Photo: @narendramodi / Twitter

India touched the big milestone of administering one billion doses of vaccines against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on October 21, 2021, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

The inoculation record, accomplished in about 10 months since the vaccination drive began in the country, was lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as United Nations agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.  

The global media, however, highlighted the glaring gap in the country between the number of people fully vaccinated and those with just one dose. A look at the significant figures related to this development: 

1 billion

Total number of doses administered in India as on October 21, 2021

2

Number of vaccine candidates in circulation in the country 

294.6 million

Number of people who have received both doses of a vaccine till 

415.7 million

Number of people who have received only one dose of a vaccine 

47%

Share of population who are yet to receive even a single dose of vaccine*

0.29 million

Number of people fully vaccinated in Maharashtra (the highest)

1.2 million

Total number of doses administered in Uttar Pradesh (the highest)

All figures from www.cowin.gov.in
*Source: www.covid19India.org

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