Mumbai: Maharashtra has become the first state in India to cross the landmark 8,00,000 vaccination doses from Jan 16 till date, according to official data released here on Tuesday.
The state – which has the highest number of Corona cases and fatalities – has achieved a total vaccination of 81,27,248, including 72,98,206 people who have taken their first vaccine, and 8,29,042 second dose.
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.
Both Mumbai and Pune rank nationally among the Covid-19 mega-hotspots with the maximum number of infections and deaths, causing huge concerns, even as the state retreated into a night-curfew, daytime stringent norms and a weekend lockdown regime since April 5 to check the pandemic spread.
Mumbai has recorded 462,560 cases tally and 11,800 fatalities while Pune has notched 584,969 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.