Coronavirus | Bulk of COVID-19 vaccine recipients pass up second dose

Only 1 in 10 take jab after four weeks.

Updated - February 15, 2021 09:23 am IST

Published - February 14, 2021 10:48 pm IST - NEW DELHI

A health worker administers the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Daryaganj, New Delhi on February 13, 2021.

A health worker administers the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Daryaganj, New Delhi on February 13, 2021.

Only about one in 10, or about 23,628 healthcare-workers inoculated themselves with the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 13, according to data from the Health Ministry.

February 13 was an important day in India's COVID-19 vaccination calendar marking 28 days — or four weeks — since the vaccination programme was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16.

Coronavirus | Government issues fresh SOPs for offices

On day one, 2,07,229 people were inoculated, according to figures from the Health Ministry so far. Ideally all of them should have been inoculated with the second shot on February 13.

Two-dose vaccines

The second doses of Covaxin and Covishield, the two vaccines approved, are recommended to be administered four to six weeks apart, according to guidelines from the Drug Controller General of India. While some international studies show that the vaccines can be more effective, when given apart even in a 6-12 week window, India’s current policy does not recommend such a wide spacing.

Unlike many countries where available vaccines are fewer than those required, India is still to exhaust its first stock of vaccines — about 16 million doses — that the government had ordered from vaccine companies in the first week of January.

Coronavirus | Updated efficacy results show benefits of delaying second dose of Oxford vaccine

Until Februay 14, about 8.24 million healthcare and frontline workers have been inoculated with at least one dose of the vaccine. Of them, around 2.72 lakh were vaccinated on February 13. No updated figures were available on February 14, which going by past trends, is unlikely to have seen a spike in vaccinations.

The 8.2 million vaccinations have been conducted over 1.72 lakh vaccination sessions, suggesting that only around half the total vaccination capacity was being utilised. For nearly a week, there have been around 4,00,000 inoculations a day.

India's active caseload of coronavirus patients has dropped to 1.37 lakh as of February 14 or about 1.26% of India's total positive cases. About eight in 10 of the new cases are from six States . Kerala reported the highest daily new cases at 5,471 followed by Maharashtra with 3,611 and Tamil Nadu at 477.

Only Maharashtra and Kerala reported deaths in the double digits — 38 and 16 on February 14. Overall 92 new deaths were reported on February 14.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.