Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on 16 April wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the state. This will cover the first dose for the state's population above 45 years.

In his letter, Jagan said 6,28,961 persons were vaccinated on 14 April during the Tika Utsav. Claiming that this is the highest single-day COVID vaccination numbers by any state in the country, he said, "We could achieve this in my state as we have leveraged the village and ward volunteer system which is a unique decentralized governance mechanism where dedicated volunteers have been roped in to mobilize eligible persons for vaccination."

Vaccination was carried out in one village or ward secretariat in the jurisdiction of each PHC, both in rural and urban areas with an objective to vaccinate all eligible people in that secretariat. "Such a saturation approach not only focuses the entire district administration but also motivates people to get vaccinated through community mobilization in the true spirit of Tika Utsav," Jagan wrote.

He added 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

He asked the Prime Minister to instruct the officials concerned of the health ministry to supply 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine to AP to ensure that all the population above 45 years in the state are receive the first dose in the next three weeks.

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