On Thursday, India scripted history as it outdid the 100 crore milestone. According to the government’s CoWIN website, more than 70 crore Indians have been administered the first dose of the Covid vaccine while 29 crore people have got the full shots of the vaccine, which is just 21 percent.

Praises have been poured in as India races past hundred crore vaccination milestone. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle and congratulated the country's health care workers for helping the country achieve this feat. He wrote, “We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and the collective spirit of 130 crore Indians”. “Congratulations India! This is the result of the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he added. 

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But even after eight months, just 21% percent eligible Indians have received a second jab of the vaccination. As festival season is here, therefore, the government is stressing fully vaccination, as vaccination is the only way to safeguard ourselves from the virus. 

“After 100 crore doses are administered, we will go in mission mode to ensure that those who have taken their first dose take their second dose too to ensure they are protected against COVID-19,” said health minister Mansukh Mandaviya. 

“About 10 crore individuals are now overdue, they should have received the second dose, but they have not. It's now unfinished work that we must accomplish, and send reminders to those individuals to take their second dose,” said Dr Paul, Member-Health at NITI Aayog.

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The top five states that have administered the highest numbers of Covid shots are Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

India is the second country after China to achieve the hundred-crore vaccine dose mark. China has fully inoculated some 100.05-crore, that is 75% of its citizens, as of late September.

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