According to government data, at least 23.32 lakh people have not taken their second dose while around 2.40 crore people are yet to take the booster jabs.
Raising concerns on slow pace of vaccination in the State, Panigrahi said the government is committed to complete the vaccination drive in the stipulated time period.
India had on April 10 began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.
Covid-19 related issues such as service and supply chain disruptions, resource diversion to response efforts, and containment measures that limited immunisation service access and availability also played a major role.
The vaccine is manufactured by Serum Institute of India and is scheduled to be launched later this year.
As per the data, as of 7 a.m. on June 12, India had administered 1,95,07,08,541 total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine overall.
While the states can begin placing orders, the vaccine doses will ship only after the FDA authorises the shots, Jha was quoted as saying.
India's drug regulator, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had approved Covovax for restricted use in emergency situations in adults on December 28 last year and in the 12-17 age group with certain conditions on March 9.
As of March 1 last year, there were 4.7 crore children aged 12 and 13 years in the country.
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Anganwadi worker, Soumya Sucharita Murmu said, “I reached the village at around 2 pm and since then I was kept detained by the villagers. I tried to pursue them to get vaccination but they did not hear us. They told that there is nothing called Coronavirus.”
The global health body said that Covid-19 is already a crisis, regardless of the emergence of Omicron. It is because many countries are in "luxurious position" with booster doses, while some do not have enough vaccines to even protect their most vulnerable, The Telegraph reported.
After a long gap of 18 months, one of the leading IT firms, Wipro is all set to call back its employees to the offices! With this, the third-largest tech company in India, reportedly became the first IT firm to publicly announce the return of some of its senior employees to office. Taking to Twitter, Wipro Chairman, Rishad Premji informed that the company's leadership would resume work from office, twice a week, starting from Monday (September 13).
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday (Aug 25) said that the states have been asked to vaccinate all school teachers on priority basis before Teachers' Day on September 5 this year.