New Delhi: Less than 40 per cent of the people in the age group of 15-18 years have been given both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in 10 states and union territories, with Meghalaya at the last position on the list with 10 per cent. for government statistics. Nagaland is ahead of Meghalaya, which has vaccinated 18.7 percent of the targeted beneficiaries in this category, and Manipur (24.6 percent), data as of April 15 showed.

Arunachal Pradesh has vaccinated 28.9 percent of adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years, followed by Jharkhand 30.7 percent, Bihar 35.2 percent, Assam 36.4 percent, Punjab 37 percent and Chandigarh 37.1 percent. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu have vaccinated 38.2 per cent. Andhra Pradesh tops the list with 102.9 per cent of the target population in the age group of 15-18 years being fully immunized. Andhra Pradesh is followed by Jammu and Kashmir with 83.6 percent and Himachal Pradesh (80.8 percent).

In Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Puducherry, Tripura and Lakshadweep this percentage was less than 50 per cent. The data shows that the national average of second dose coverage in the 15-18 year age group is 54.3 percent. There are an estimated 7,40,57,000 adolescents in this age group in the country. India introduced vaccination for the age group of 15-18 years on 3 January. The vaccine option against COVID-19 for children in this age group is Covaxin. As per provisional reports the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country till 7 am has exceeded 186.30 crores.