As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – signalling a bigger milestone by the end of the day.
“On PM @Narendra Modi Ji”s birthday, till 1:30 pm, the country has crossed the mark of 1 crore vaccines, the fastest so far, and we are continuously moving forward. I believe that today we will all make a new record of vaccination and give it as a gift to the prime minister,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted with the hashtags “VaccineSeva” and “HappyBdayModiji”.
Health Ministry sources predicted 2.5 crore vaccinations by evening.
The government added a ticker to track Covid shots across the country.
“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the tracker.
Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second. Check new feature – https://t.co/YhG7gjKdEm#VaccineSevapic.twitter.com/0nKWiqeZxd
– Dr. RS Sharma (@rssharma3) September 17, 2021
“Our top priority is to give 100 per cent first doses of the vaccine in poll-bound states,” said government sources, referring to state elections next year.
The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s 71st birthday.
To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.
In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.
Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.
By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.
By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.