India’s Covid vaccination coverage has crossed 106 crore 34 lakh mark. Out of the total vaccination, more than 73 crore 39 lakh vaccine doses have been given as the first dose, while over 32 crore 95 lakh doses have been administered as the second dose. As part of the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, Centre has been supporting the States and Union Territories by providing them COVID vaccines free of cost.
Interestingly, less than 17 crore jabs were given in October, down from almost 24 crore in September, while a record number of nearly 15 crore jabs are lying unutilised with states and private hospitals as on date, which is a three-time jump from the figure just a month ago.
All this is making the Centre consider an intervention in the matter and the reason why Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding an urgent review meeting on November 3, soon after landing back from the UK, to speak to 40 District Magistrates and 11 Chief Ministers regarding areas which are lagging behind in the vaccination drive.