The rapid increase in vaccination against Covid-19 assumes significance, particularly in the wake of a surge in infection in several states such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
A total of 2.2 crore vaccine doses have been given since the launch of the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16. While the first phase of the drive included health and frontline workers, 37.1 lakh health and 3.1 lakh frontline workers have been vaccinated with two doses.
On Monday, 16.9 lakh vaccine doses were given till 9 pm. Out of which 14.3 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated with the first dose, and 2.6 lakh health and frontline workers received the second dose.