On Sunday, Union Sports and Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur stated that Himachal Pradesh has become the first Indian state to achieve 100% COVID-19 vaccination for its eligible population. By Anushka Goel
At an event in AIIMS Bilaspur to felicitate COVID-19 warriors, Union Sports and I&B Minister Anurag Thakur announced that Himachal Pradesh was the first state in the country to have achieved 100% vaccination of its eligible population, reports NDTV. Thakur added, “I am grateful to the Chief Minister, the Union Health Minister, citizens of Himachal Pradesh, frontline workers, and COVID-19 warriors, who all came forward during the times of crisis for the vaccination and did the work of making Himachal number one in vaccination.”
देवभूमि हिमाचल के कोविड टीकाकरण की दिशा में सभी पात्रों को टीके की दोनों डोज़ देने वाला देश का पहला राज्य बनने के अवसर पर सभी स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों, मेडिकल-पैरामेडिकल स्टाफ़, डॉक्टर व नर्स समेत पूरे प्रदेश वासियों को हार्दिक बधाई । pic.twitter.com/QhqaFpnUro
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) December 5, 2021
The event also saw the opening of an OutPatient Department (OPD) at the institute, the inauguration of which was done by BJP president and Rajya Sabha member JP Nadda, reports Financial Times.
53,86,393 eligible adults administered the second dose in Himachal Pradesh: Reports
According to India TV, a total of 53,86,393 adults have been fully vaccinated in the state. This is a first for any Indian state, and Himachal Pradesh was also the first state in the country to have administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to its eligible population, the report adds.
At the felicitation event, Thakur said that the vaccine wastage in the state was almost zero percent, adding that “On the other hand, vaccines were found lying in garbage cans in Rajasthan and these vaccines provided by the government were found in private hospitals.”
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Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Thakur said, “Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, lockdowns were implemented. PPE kits and masks were made in lakhs and delivered not only in India but abroad, too. The way children were able to continue with their studies from their homes and people stayed in touch with their loved ones, it was due to the optic fibres, mobile phones that reached even the villages.”