The programme will continue for the second phase which is expected from April to August this year involving 9.4 million senior citizens, aged 60 and above, as well as the vulnerable groups with morbidity problems, in addition to persons with disabilities.
"All efforts have been made in close collaboration with states/UTs to saturate vaccination for HCWs and FLWs".
But, "various inputs have been received from different sources that in some of the Covid-19 vaccination centres (CVCs), some ineligible beneficiaries are being registered as HCWs [healthcare workers] and FLWs [frontline workers] and are getting vaccinated in complete violation of the prescribed guidelines", he said.
On the number of registrations for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Dr Adham said, it was 7,808,785 or 32.20 per cent with Selangor recording the highest number with 2,123, 502 registrations.
While tracking the progress, timeline for completing vaccination of all HCWs and FLWs with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been extended multiple times and was finally fixed at February 25 for HCWs and March 6 for FLWs, said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in his letter. He said that a month has passed since the deadlines and even after starting vaccination of the population of over 60 years, provisions were made to register and vaccinate all HCWs and FLWs.
It may be recalled that the countrywide vaccination drive was launched on January 16 and the vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2. These include 89,82,974 healthcare workers (first dose), 53,19,641 HCWs (second dose), 96,86,477 frontline workers (first dose) and 40,97,510 FLWs (second dose), while beneficiaries aged over 45 years - 4,70,70,019 (first dose) and 8,23,030 (second dose).
According to the provisional report till 8 pm Saturday, a total of 7,44,42,267 vaccine doses have been administered so far in the country.
India is currently in its third phase of coronavirus vaccination drive with everyone above the age of 45 now eligible for the shots.