Only 5.6% of the population are vaccinated in India against COVID- Report

Only 5.6% of the population are vaccinated in India against COVID- Report
Only 5.6% of the population are fully vaccinated of the 1.4 billion people in India, according to the India Covid-19 Situation Report  published by the International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian aid organisation.
The organisation which is involved in providing emergency medical services and healthcare training and development programmes ​​has so far delivered more than 1,000 items, including oxygen supplies and medical equipment and materials, to support more than 25 healthcare facilities in 11 states, it said in its report.
The report drew attention to the opening up of economies and the impending third wave.  It underlined that the organisation is working with three local partners to provide critical supplies and equipment to healthcare facilities in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and other hotspots across the country.

The report reiterated that experts have warned that a new wave of cases, particularly of highly infectious variants, could hit India within weeks as a result of these continuing hotspots.
“The government has subsequently launched an effort to inoculate all adults, with a target of 950 million people vaccinated by the end of 2021. However, the pace of the vaccination campaign has faltered due to shortages of vaccines and various logistical hurdles, including lack of cold-chain storage and supplies, and limited transportation,” it said.The agency concluded that they will continue to coordinate with local partners to address immediate needs, provide supplies and equipment and help healthcare facilities prepare for and respond to any subsequent surges of infections, as well as support the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and address issues around vaccine hesitancy and access.”