Hyderabad: A total of 4,558 people from the priority groups received the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in Telangana on Monday.

The two priority groups-- older than 60 years, and between 45 and 59 with comorbidities --received their first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine at 93 vaccine centers and 48 government healthcare facilities.

Around 2,005 beneficiaries had turned up at government facilities, while 2,553 beneficiaries had enrolled at 45 private hospitals in the state.

The state had a target of vaccinating 6,759 beneficiaries, of whom only 67.4 percent turned out.

The drive for healthcare workers and frontline workers continued with 249 HCWs getting their first dose and 70 their second dose.

For the FLWs, Monday saw 51 getting their first shot, while another 16 got their second dose. So far, 4,48,115 people have received either the first or second dose of the Covid vaccine in the state. Around 3, 00,399 beneficiaries have received the first dose.

Due to the glitches of CoWIN portal, many of the beneficiaries were not able to register. Many hospitals later shifted to manual mode by writing the details of the beneficiary in a file and then administering the vaccine.

The government opened the vaccine portal at 9 am on Monday and many of the beneficiaries were not able to register. Later in the day, the health department asked the citizens that they can walk-in and register at the site. The health department announced that the hospital can administer vaccines in offline mode if the portal is down.

Also, only `Covishield' was administered to the beneficiaries on the first day of the vaccination.

"In the country, over 29 lakh people had registered - online or via the Aarogya Setu app - by 8.30 pm on Monday, the first day of the public rollout of the coronavirus vaccines," Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.

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