Mumbai: As coronavirus cases in the country continue to surge, Maharashtra has intensified its inoculation programme and has become the first state in India to cross the landmark 8,00,000 vaccination jabs from January 16 till date.
Notably, Maharashtra is the worst hit state by the pandemic. According to the official data released on Tuesday, the state has achieved a total vaccination of 81,27,248, including 72,98,206 people have taken the first dose and 8,29,042 second dose.
The state is followed by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal with the maximum number of people given the shots till now.
Gujarat has notched a total 76,89,507 (68,17,703 first dose and 8,71,804 second dose), Rajasthan tally is 72,99,305 (64,00,581 and 8,98,724).
They are followed by Uttar Pradesh with a total of 71,98,372 (60,71,090 and 11,27,282) and West Bengal with a tally of 65,41,370 (57,91,392 and 7,49,978).
Among the smaller states are: Mizoram (73,566), Sikkim (83,797), Puducherry (85,421) and Nagaland (86,221).
Expectedly, the lowest on the list are the islands or centrally-administered regions like: Lakshadweep Isles, (8,196), Union Territory of Daman & Diu (22,989), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (25,217), Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli (26,133).
In Maharashtra, of the total doses, Mumbai leads with 14,10,537 taking the jabs, followed by Pune with 11,14,040 people getting the doses, across all categories and age groups as mandated by the Centre.
Mumbai has recorded 4,62,560 cases tally and 11,800 fatalities while Pune has notched 5,84,969 infections tally and 8,440 deaths till date, and Maharashtra's figures are a stupendous 30,57,885 cases and 56,033 deaths.
As the number of youngsters getting hit by Covid increases in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include youth above 25 years in the national vaccination programme.
India is currently in its third phase of the inoculation and is currently vaccinating people above the age of 45.