Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh has become the tenth state in the country to administer over two crore COVID jabs.

The state crossed the two-crore milestone on Monday.

Other states which have achieved the feat include Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.

Andhra Pradesh inoculated 1.56 crore people with at least one dose, while 49.5 lakh people were fully immunized.

The state took 191 days to reach the milestone after it had rolled out the mass inoculation drive for healthcare workers on January 16.

Andhra Pradesh has provided more jabs to women than men. Of the 2.05 crore cumulative doses administered on Monday, women got 1.12 crore doses.

The contribution of private hospitals in the Covid-19 vaccination drive is very marginal in the state.

Union government allocated 35 lakh doses to private hospitals since May. However, some 5 lakh doses were administered by private vaccination centers.

In a special vaccination drive, conducted across the state on Monday, the health department inoculated about 11 lakh people.

It may be recalled that Andhra Pradesh recently started vaccinating teachers in the age group of 18 and 45 years, to pave the way for the reopening of educational institutions in the second half of August.

Andhra Pradesh is currently not vaccinating the young as it wants to focus on 45 plus group.

Andhra Pradesh witnessed about 11% Covid-19 vaccine wastage in the initial days. Now the wastage has dropped to minus levels, which means that the state has administered more doses than what it received from the manufacturers.

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