Data | COVID-19 vaccination rate further slows in mid-May while supply utilisation remains above 90%

The 21 crore vaccine doses received till May 24 are enough to vaccinate only 22.4% of adult population

Updated - November 27, 2021 04:09 pm IST

Published - May 27, 2021 05:24 pm IST

Beneficiaries above 18 years of age wait in a queue to recieve COVID-19 vaccine dose at ISM vaccination centre in Dhanbad, on May 14, 2021.

Beneficiaries above 18 years of age wait in a queue to recieve COVID-19 vaccine dose at ISM vaccination centre in Dhanbad, on May 14, 2021.

Despite India allowing COVID-19 vaccination for all adults, the number of doses administered dropped significantly in May. Between May 11 and 20, only 1.57 million doses were administered per day on average, lower than the 1.77 million administered in the previous 10-day period. If India has to vaccinate its adult population by the end of 2021, the average daily dose has to increase to at least 7.5 million. Reduction in the daily doses in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir led to the drop in India's pace in the latest period.

Degree of drop

From May 11 to 20, 1.57 million doses were administered daily on average. At this pace, India will be able to administer 302 million doses by July 31, around 198 million doses lower than the target (upper bound) of 500 million.

image/svg+xml

Table appears incomplete? Click to remove AMP mode

Going down again

The average daily vaccination rate in India further reduced between May 11 and 20. The daily rate fell below 1.5 million doses on May 19 and 20.

image/svg+xml
 

State of play

The chart shows average daily doses administered between May 1-10 and May 11-19 in major States.

 

However, data show that low vaccinations is due to limited supply . The Centre had supplied* over 21 crore vaccine doses to the States until 8 a.m. on May 24. This is enough to administer a single dose to only about 22.4% of India's adult population. The States continue to utilise over 90% of the doses supplied by the Centre, indicating a high demand for vaccines. However, due to inadequate supply, only close to 4.5% of adults had received both the doses.

Also read: Data | COVID-19 cases surge in rural India even as vaccination rates are lower than urban areas

Rate of supply

The map depicts the doses received by the States from the Centre, by May 24 as a % of the adult population. The figures stood at 12.7% for Uttar Pradesh and 15% for Tamil Nadu. It was 34% for Gujarat and 38% for Chhattisgarh. The 21 crore vaccine doses received till May 24 are enough to vaccinate only 22.4% of adult population.

image/svg+xml
 

Utilisation

The chart depicts the doses administered by major States as a % of doses received from the Centre as of May 24 and May 11 . In no State did the utilisation % drop below 80%. Overall, 91.4% of the 21 crore doses supplied to all the States/UTs were utilised as of May 24.

 

Double dose

Only 4.4% of adults have been administered both the doses of the vaccines with the 21 crore doses received. The map shows the State-wise % of adults who received both the doses by May 24. The darker the colour, the higher the number who received both the doses.

image/svg+xml