16% of total population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 3 states administer 1st dose to 100% adults: Centre
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that 16 per cent of the total adult population of India has been administered with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while 54 per cent of the adult population has so far received at least one dose. The health ministry further informed that 3 states including Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Dadra and Nagar Haveli have administered one COVID vaccine shot to 100 per cent of their adult population.
Addressing a press briefing in Delhi, Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, said that while Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Dadra and Nagar Haveli administered the first dose to 100 per cent adult population, the three states have administered the second dose to 32 per cent, 36 per cent and 18 per cent of the total 18-plus population, respectively.
"16% of the total adult population of this country has been fully vaccinated. 54% of the total adult population of this country has received at least one shot", Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
Sikkim, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Himachal Pradesh have administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination to 100% of their 18 plus population. Sikkim has administered the second dose to 36% of their population, Dadra & Nagar Haveli has administered to 18% and Himachal Pradesh has administered the second dose to 32% population", he added.
The Centre said that 39 districts in the country reported over 10 per cent weekly Covid positivity rate in the week ending August 31 while in 38 districts it was between 5 and 10 per cent.
Full vaccination prerequisite if attending mass gathering essential: Government warns ahead of festive season
Mass gatherings should be discouraged but if attending it is essential then full vaccination should be a prerequisite, the government said and urged people to get the jabs and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, especially during the festive season. It warned the second wave of coronavirus infection in India was not yet over even though the weekly positivity rate was showing an overall declining trend.
In view of the upcoming festive season amid the scare of the third wave of COVID-19 infections striking the country, the Centre said mass gatherings have to be discouraged and full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending such a congregation is essential. "People should celebrate festivals at home, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and embrace vaccination," the government said.
(With Agency Inputs)
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