A staggering 13,59,300 people were administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, in a record feat. As many as 28,917 staff of the Medical and Health Department, 40,000 ASHA workers and 5,000 other staff made the unique feat possible in a marathon 15 hours in 4,589 vaccination centres across the state, Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar said on Sunday night. Of the total, 12,67,425 people got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 85,715 the second dose.
As many as 4,94,096 citizens in the 18-44 age group, primarily mothers with children under five years and those set to travel abroad for study and work, were inoculated in the state. Also, 5,99,525 people in the 45-59 age bracket and 2,07,925 in the 60-plus group got the vaccine dose. The final numbers for the day will come only on Monday morning as the vaccination drive is still continuing late into the night, officials said.
In the process, Andhra Pradesh also crossed the one crore mark in the administration of the first dose of coronavirus vaccine. So far, 1.11 crore people in the state got the first dose and 27,38,001 the second shot since the COVID-19 vaccination programme began on January 16. State Covid Task Force Chairman K S Jawahar Reddy said it was a remarkable achievement to vaccinate 1.3 million persons in a day. "This showed that our medical team and other staff can take up over one million vaccinations in a day if the Government of India maintains the (vaccine) supply," he remarked.
A sum of 1.39 crore vaccine doses (first and second) were administered in the state so far. The Mega Vaccination Drive, with focus on persons over the age of 45 years and mothers with children under five years and those going abroad for study and work, began at 6 am in all 13 districts of the state and culminated at 9 pm. By 3.30 pm, one million jabs were given.
West Godavari district topped the list on Sunday by administering COVID-19 vaccine to 1,61,940 people, followed by East Godavari with 1,55,063. Guntur, Krishna, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor and Prakasam district also crossed the one-lakh mark in a day. Earlier on April 14, 6,32,780 people were inoculated in Andhra Pradesh, then a record high in a day. With 5,85,267 doses administered in a single day on June 16, Bihar now stood third in the national list while the fourth spot is again occupied by Andhra Pradesh, according to PTI.