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PATNA: The state reached a new milestone in its fight against Covid-19 on Friday, surpassing the 10-crore vaccination mark before New Year’s Eve.
Health minister Mangal Pandey, who set the new target a fortnight ago, called it “one of the greatest achievements in the field of health” and congratulated the healthcare workers and the people of Bihar.
According to data available on the CoWin portal as of Friday (6.30pm), the state had administered a total of 10,00,29,626 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, including over 5.78 crore first doses and 4.22 crore second doses.
“On June 6, we decided to administer 6 crore doses by the end of the year, despite concerns about our target and the enormity of the task. However, we exceeded this target well ahead of schedule and then decided to administer 10 crore doses by December 31,” said Pandey, who was overjoyed that the day fell on his birthday.
Pratyaya Amrit, the health department’s additional chief secretary, credited the success to teamwork and expressed extreme satisfaction with the accomplishment. “What a magnificent accomplishment. We are concluding the year on a very positive note,” he added.
The state had data on 5.95 crore eligible beneficiaries who required vaccination, and as of Friday evening, slightly more than 97% had received their first dose and more than 70% their second dose. However, because the second dose had to be administered within 84 days of the first, nearly 90% of the eligible beneficiaries have received their second jab. Vaccination has been conducted at over 10,000 sites over the last two days.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, the executive director of the State Health Society, shared a detailed data, stating, “While vaccination began on January 16, the 1-crore mark was reached in 130 days on May 26. The state met its 6-crore vaccination target on October 9 and ended the year with 10-crore vaccine doses. What a fitting way to bid farewell to 2021.”