Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh heaved a sigh of relief after five lakh doses of Covid Vaccine arrived at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada on Saturday morning.

On April 16, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate people above 45 years.

In his letter, Jagan had said that Andhra Pradesh has not only established a capability to vaccinate over six lakh people per day, but has also set up a model for all the states to emulate.

"However, we could not continue the same drive as the vaccine stocks have completely run out. If sufficient stocks of vaccines are made available, we are well poised to make your dream of vaccinating all vulnerable people a reality in the next three weeks," he said.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh received 6.40 lakh doses of vaccine doses in two batches. On April 12, the state received 4.40 lakh vaccine doses and on April 13 it received another 2 lakh doses.

The CM mentioned that 6, 28,961 persons were vaccinated on April 14 during `Tika Utsav'. He said this is the highest single-day COVID vaccination number by any state in the country.

"We could achieve this as we have leveraged the village and ward volunteer system which is a unique decentralized governance mechanism. Dedicated volunteers have been roped in to mobilize eligible persons for vaccination," he said.


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