Health Minister of Kerala Com. Veena George said the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine had been given to more than half of the state's population. According to the projected population of 3.54 crore by 2021, 50.25% (1,77,88,931) have been vaccinated with the first dose. The target was achieved within 213 days of the start of vaccination in the state on January 16. The Minister lauded all the health workers, officials, people's representatives and other volunteers who have been working even for the state's vaccination drive.