The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country so far crossed 115.73 crore on Friday, as per Union health ministry data. A total of 46,31,286 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Friday, it said.

The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, the ministry said.

The vaccination exercise, as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from the novel coronavirus infection, continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, it underlined.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1.

The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.

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