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Vaccine drive: 1.91 lakh of target 3 lakh healthcare workers vaccinated on Day 1

 As many as 1,91,181 people were administered the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday. According to sources, the government had set the target of vaccinating 3 lakh people on Day 1 of the vaccine drive. According to a statement issued by the Central government, the vaccinations were conducted with two Made-in-India vaccines. 16,755 personnel administered the vaccine over 3,352 sessions to 1,91,181 beneficiaries in the massive nationwide program. Additional 3,429 beneficiaries were vaccinated in Defence institutions. As per the statement, no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation was reported. According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. As per the official statement, two types of Covid-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive: Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) has been supplied to all States/UTs. Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) has been supplied to 12 States. Adequate quantities of vaccines and logistics were ensured at all Covid-19 vaccination session sites across the country. Minor issues such as some delay in uploading of beneficiary list at some session sites were successfully resolved, the statement said.

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