Shimla/New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Himachal Pradesh became the first state in India to achieve 100 per cent vaccination against COVID-19 among all eligible adults, an official spokesperson of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur-led government said on Saturday.

The spokesperson said that over 53 Lakh (53,86,393 eligible adults) have been administered the second dose of vaccine, he said. Previously, Himachal Pradesh was also the first state to achieve 100 per cent vaccination of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in August earlier this year.

A special function will be organised to honour COVID-19 workers at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bilaspur on Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh government's spokesperson added. 

BJP National President JP Nadda and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will attend the function, during which COVID-19 workers will be given certificates recognising their significant role in vaccinating the citizens, he said.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Union Minister Anurag Thakur and the state's Health Minister Rajiv Saizal will also participate in the function, the spokesperson added further.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement issued a few days ago, the state BJP president and Shimla MP Suresh Kashyap had said that Nadda will also inaugurate an out-patient department at AIIMS Bilaspur during his visit. Bilaspur is the home district of BJP National President JP Nadda. 

Kinnaur became the first district in Himachal Pradesh to declare full vaccination for both doses last month followed by Bilaspur, Solan and Lahaul-Spiti. 

Himachal Pradesh reported 78 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

As per the latest figures on Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website, the coronavirus tally in the Himalayan state has risen to 2,27,483 of which 800 cases are active, 2,22,831 patients have recovered while 3,835 patients have succumbed to the virus.

- With inputs from PTI

Posted By: Mukul Sharma