UP administers one crore covid-19 vaccine doses till now
Lucknow: Nearly one crore people have been administered the vaccination against coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to inoculate over 99,27,150 people, including healthcare and frontline workers and people above the age of 45 years who have got their first dose of the vaccine, said an official statement.
According to a government spokesman, "Vaccination of people aged above 60 and those between 45 and 60 is being conducted at a war footing across the state in private and district hospitals, and medical colleges.
Amid the massive surge in coronavirus infections across the country, Covid testing and vaccination are going on in full swing in the state.
To bring down the transmission level and to provide a safety shield to the people aged above 60 years, the second dose of the vaccine was also given to as many as 6,11,595 people across Uttar Pradesh.
According to the official data, having administered 17,43,786 first and 10,78,093 second doses of the vaccine to healthcare and frontline workers, Uttar Pradesh has crossed the 90-lakh mark.
On Tuesday evening, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced that vaccine will be available free of cost to all above the age of 18 from May 1, as India plans to expand its vaccination programme against the novel coronavirus.
Uttar Pradesh, the second worst affected state by the pandemic, reported 30,000 new cases of the infection. The state will offer the Covid vaccine free of cost from May 1 to everyone above 18, as announced by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.