New Delhi, Feb 13, 2021: The Covid-19 vaccination drive picked up pace on Saturday as many beneficiaries, who had received their first shots on Day 1 of the exercise four weeks ago (on January 16), turned up to get their second dose.
The second dose delivery began at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) as well and over 20 persons had received the second shots by noon, a senior official at the facility was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
The state-run hospital, currently a partial coronavirus facility, had played a critical role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi.
NEARLY 8 MILLION VACCINATED SO FAR
Since the launch of the nationwide mega vaccination drive, nearly 8 million people have received the first shot of the vaccine dose in 28 days, the Union Healh Ministry said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, eight states have vaccinated more than 4 lakh beneficiaries each, said the ministry.
According to the health ministry, India’s coronavirus infection tally climbed to 1,08,92,746 with 12,143 new cases in a day.
While 103 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, no Covid-19 death has been reported in 17 states/UTs in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.
SECOND DOSE AFTER 28 DAYS
As per doctors, the second dose is required to be given to a beneficiary after a gap of 28 days.
A senior doctor at the Centre for Chest and Respiratory Illness, BLK Super Speciality Hospital received his second Covid vaccine shot on Saturday, a spokesperson of the hospital said.
A senior doctor at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital was quoted as saying, "We are all geared up for the second dose delivery."