At least 1.6 crore people in India are yet to get the second dose of their Covid 16 vaccine, weeks after getting their first shot.
According to a media report, most of these people are elderly and the rest are from other vulnerable groups like health and frontline workers and people aged above 45.
It has been reported that 1.6 crore figure has come to light by looking at how many people received their first shots as of May 2, that is 16 weeks back and comparing it with the total number of those who have so far
received their second dose of the vaccine.
The report said all data is taken from press releases issued by the Union health ministry.
On May 13, the Indian government approved a gap of 12-16 weeks for Covishield, which accounts
for over 85% of all vaccinations; for Covaxin, it is 4-6 weeks.
It has been reported that the people whose second shots of the vaccine have been delayed beyond the recommended interval may be higher since the calculation for 1.6 crore is based on 16 weeks for and not six weeks for Covaxin.
The number of people who have received both doses of Covid19 vaccine so far include many who received
their first shot after May 2, the report said.
The number of people, who are eligible for their second shot of the vaccine, after 12 weeks and are yet to be
completely vaccinated is 3.9 crore, according to the report.
The report said this number may also be higher since the minimum gap for Covaxin is four weeks compared to 12 for Covishield.
According to the Union health ministry data, 12.8 crore people from the priority groups of healthcare and frontline workers, 45-59 years and those over 60 years received their first dose of Covid19 vaccine on May 2.
Out of them, 11.2 crore people have received their second those.
Over one crore people aged above 60 years, about 45 lakh in the 45-59 age group, 12 lakh-odd health workers
and 1.8 lakh frontline workers from among those who received their first shot by May 2 have not not received their second dose as of Monday morning.