Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh has set a new record by administering over 13 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines in a single day. A total of 13,45,004 vaccine doses were administered to people across the state in a special drive that ended at 9 pm.

In the process, the state also crossed the one-crore mark in vaccinating people with the first dose.

"At 8 pm, over 1.3 million vaccinations have been completed across the state which is almost 50 percent of the national vaccination drive. It is a remarkable achievement to show that our medical team and other staff can take up over 1 million vaccinations a day if the government of India maintains the supply. Special compliments to district collectors Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, and Guntur for making all-out efforts in vaccinating more than 1 lakh doses today In their districts,'' the state government said in a statement.

The vaccination drive, with a focus on people over 45 years and mothers with children under five years, began at 6 am in more than 2,000 locations in all 13 districts of the state.

By 8 PM, 13,26,410 people were administered the coronavirus vaccine in Andhra Pradesh. By 3.30 PM, the number crossed the one-million mark. By 2 PM, it was 9,02,308, according to the Health Department data.

In the process, the state also crossed the one-crore mark in the administration of the first dose of the vaccine. So far, 1,11,45,738 people got the first dose and 27,35,648 the second dose since the vaccination programme began on January 16.

A total of 1,38,81,386 doses (first and second) were administered to date. The mega vaccination drive focused on people over 45 years of age and mothers with children under five, and those going abroad for study and work. On April 14, a total of 6,28,961 people were vaccinated in the State, then a record high in a day in the country.

Officials said the credit goes to the network of volunteers and healthcare providers who made this possible, with the understanding that vaccination is the only way to stop COVID-19.

The state reported 5,646 fresh COVID cases, while 7,772 recovered and another 50 died of the virus in the last 24 hours.

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