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Vaccine push can help achieve herd immunity and restore momentum to economic recovery
India’s Finance Ministry has proposed a 24/7 vaccination campaign in the country so that 700 million people receive at least the first dose by September to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 and restore economic recovery.
“To date, 19.2 crores (192 million) have received the first dose and 4.7 crores (47 million) have been fully vaccinated,” the Ministry of Economy said in a monthly report. “If 70 crores (700 million) people need to be vaccinated by September 2021, it is estimated that about 113 crores (1.13 billion) doses will be needed.”
This will lead to the formation of herd immunity against Covid-19 and economic recovery. According to the ministry, assuming that herd immunity is 80 percent of the adult population, then 700 million people were to be vaccinated soon and from that point on, 9.3 million doses had to be administered daily. And with round-the-clock vaccinations, it would be possible to get 10 million vaccinations a day.
“Using technology to facilitate vaccine administration, increasing shifts at vaccination centers and integrating mass vaccination sites such as shopping malls, driveways, schools and primary health care centers will accelerate vaccination coverage,” the note says.
“The peak daily vaccination achieved to date is one million. This peak was reached with one shift of 8-9 hours of vaccination. “
He also noted that vaccination to achieve herd immunity (covering 80 percent of the population) will increase consumer and producer confidence and revitalize the engines of economic growth.
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