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COVID Vaccine Phase 2: India to Begin Round of 2nd Dose Today

Officials have said these beneficiaries will be given the second dose before the other target groups are covered.

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Those who received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine on the first day of the nationwide vaccination drive are set to receive their second dose today.
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Those who received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine on the first day of the nationwide vaccination drive are set to receive their second dose today, reports NDTV.

This includes AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria and NITI Aayog's VK Paul, who were among one of the first to receive the vaccine when the drive started on 16 January.

Officials said these beneficiaries will be given the second dose before the other target groups are covered.

It has, however, been stated by the experts that the second dose can be administered anytime between 4 to 6 weeks after the first dose.

Over 77 lakh healthcare and frontline workers have received the first dose of the vaccine up until Friday, the Union Health Ministry said, moving fast toward’s India’s goal of vaccinating 30 crore people against the COVID-19 virus by July 2021.

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The Union Health Ministry had previously also announced that India has become the fastest country in the world to achieve over 70 lakh vaccinations against COVID-19 in only 26 days.

"Thirteen states and UTs have vaccinated over 65 percent of the registered healthcare workers. Bihar leads with over 79 percent of the registered healthcare workers vaccinated," it said.

The two vaccines that are currently being administered in India are Serum Institute's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

Russia’s Sputnik vaccine, found to have a 91.6% efficiency by Lancet , is also likely to be available in India in April.

(Written with inputs from NDTV)

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