Will India get vaccinated by the end of 2021?

In March 2020, India faced a nationwide lockdown when the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Kerala. Since then who knew that lives would take a turn and we will have to roam with masks on our faces. Every scientist in major laboratories of the country started searching for the solution to this virus. Around December, we found our two major vaccines- Covaxin by Bharat Biotech and Covishield by Serum Institue of India.

Vaccination in India started in January at a slow pace. Major reasons include a lack of people's faith in vaccines and fewer doses than the country's population. When India faced the second wave of coronavirus the medical system had collapsed but from June 21 vaccination has gained great progress. Can such a rate of vaccination is capable of vaccinating the whole population by the end of this month?

Look at the math

63.6% of the total population in India lies between the age group of 15-64 and estimated as 87 crores. Each person has to take two doses of vaccine that means around 174 crores of doses are required. According to stats on the Cowin website, India has administered 28 crores of dose 1 vaccine jabs till now. We still need 146 crore doses of vaccine. The average vaccination rate is around 35 lakh doses per day and 184 days are remaining for this year to end. This sums up to around 93 crores of doses that will be administered till December 2021. Looks quite away from the target right?

A Ray of Hope

On June 21, 2021, India made a global record of 86 lakh vaccinations in a day. More than 35.9 lakh doses of vaccines were administered on June 29. The average vaccinations in the country dropped from 64.3 lakh on June 26 to 57.5 lakh on June 28 which is still more than the 46.6 lakh doses recorded on June 22. These figures are significantly higher than the average rate of 22.1 vaccine doses administered on May 28. Currently, we also have access to the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V. The Moderna vaccine is approved by India for emergency use. 

What can we do?

As responsible citizens of India, we can encourage people to take the vaccine for coronavirus. We can acknowledge them with the importance of vaccine and convince them that the vaccine is safe to be taken. We should not believe in fake messages regarding vaccine on social media and should not even forward such messages. As we know that the vaccination slot booking is done online in most places so we can help people who are not much aware of the internet and online booking so that they can get their vaccination done.