On Wednesday, 2,48,662 beneficiaries were vaccinated, taking the total to more than 43.88 lakh till late evening, accounting for 47% of the total 92,61,227 health workers enrolled from the public and private sectors.
Compared to India, the US took 20 days, whereas UK and Israel took 39 days to vaccinate four million people.
Among the major states (with large pool of beneficiaries), Madhya Pradesh vaccinated the highest 69.4% of its healthcare workers till February 2, followed by Rajasthan at 64.7%. However, in absolute numbers, Uttar Pradesh vaccinated the highest over 4.63 lakh, 51% of its over 9 lakh healthcare workers in 18 days.
On the other hand, Maharashtra, with the largest health workforce with 9,36,857 beneficiaries registered, vaccinated only 34%.
Vaccination: Lakshadweep tops, Manipur at bottom of list
Tamil Nadu (22.6%), Delhi (26.6%), Chhattisgarh (29%), Puducherry (12.3%) and Goa (28.3%) are among the other states with poor coverage of Covid vaccination. Manipur has registered the lowest vaccination at 10% till February 2.
Lakshadweep has covered 90% of is health workers and tops the list despite its small demographic.
West Bengal and Karnataka, both with over 7 lakh health beneficiaries each, have inoculated 41.1% and 40.9%, respectively.
Other states like Odisha, Kerala, Haryana and Gujarat have over 50% coverage of their total health workforce.
West Bengal and Gujarat has started vaccinating frontline workers and more states are also likely to join this week.
The government aims to inoculate a total of around three crore health and frontline workers on priority by March-April.
The Centre has asked states with low coverage to expand the number of sessions to facilitate beneficiaries in order to accelerate the drive.
Besides, states and UTs have been asked to focus on creating awareness around safety and efficacy of vaccines.