Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh crossed the 3.5 crore Covid-19 vaccine dose milestone on September 13. Nearly 1.08 crore people completed their two doses of vaccine inoculation, translating to full immunisation in about 28% of the total eligible beneficiaries. The national average is about 20%.
On the other hand, the first dose coverage has exceeded 62% in the state against the national average of some 61%.
The nationwide mass inoculation drive was launched on January 16 with a focus on protecting healthcare workers and frontline staff. In phase-II, it was extended to people aged 60 and above, and those within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with co-morbidities.
But even after the Union government widened the net to include people aged between 18 and 44 to the priority groups, Andrha Pradesh had deferred the vaccination for this cohort until it recently opened up the programme for the same group.
As per the data available with TOI, the first dose coverage among healthcare workers (HCW) and frontline workers (FLW) is almost 99%. Interestingly, of the 1.33 crore eligible beneficiaries in the 45+ age group, 1.32 crore people have got at least one jab, equalling 99.6% coverage. The first dose vaccine coverage among the young cohort (18-44) is about 45%.
The state health officials informed that as part of a three-day special drive, between September 11 and 13, Andhra Pradesh administered 28.63 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses. During this drive, the state has also surpassed two milestones, including crossing the 3.5 crore vaccine dose mark as well vaccinating at least one crore people with two doses. Each district, on average, vaccinated about 2.5 lakh people in these three days. District collectors organised a meeting on a daily basis to review the vaccination progress during the special drive.
Andhra Pradesh will receive nearly 1.05 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses in September under the Union government quota. The vaccination numbers at the private hospitals continued to be sluggish as these centres administered only some 6.88 lakh doses as of September 13 despite the allocation of more than 40 lakh doses since May.

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