New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Prime Minister and veteran Congress leader Manmohan Singh received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on the fourth day of the second phase of vaccination on Thursday.
The nationwide inoculation drive began on January 16 and it was expanded on March 1 to vaccinate people above 60 years of age and those in the age bracket of 45 to 59 with co-morbidities.
Mrs Sitharaman got her first dose of Coronavirus vaccine at Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj in New Delhi. Announcing her inoculation on social media site, she wrote, “Got my first dose of the vaccination against COVID-19 this morning. Thanking sister Ramya PC, for her care and professionalism. Fortunate to be in India, where development and dissemination has been prompt and affordable. #vaccinated,” her tweet read.
While, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received the first dose of the Covishield vaccine along with his parents at the government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital in New Delhi. The vaccine was first administered to Kejriwal’s parents, Govind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, and then to the chief minister.
To get his Covid shots, Congress top leader and former prime minister Manmohan Singh reached AIIMS , Delhi with his wife Gursharan Kaur on Thursday.
However, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, although eligible, has not got inoculated so far.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first to receive the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, as India underwent in second phase of its ambitious drive to inoculate persons above 60 and those over 45 with illnesses. The Prime Minister was administered Bharat Biotech’s, indigenously developed, Covaxin.
After getting his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine PM also took to his tweeter handle to urge those eligible to get vaccinated. “Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who were eligible to take a vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!,” his tweet read.
The registration for second phase of Covid vaccine will open at 9am and senior citizens and people with comorbidities in the age group of 45 to 59 years will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the CoWIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Aarogya Setu, etc. While government hospitals will provide the vaccine free of charge, the price has been kept at Rs.250 per dose in private hospitals. The private empaneled Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs) were also trained on various aspects of the process of vaccination and management of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) through video conference with the support of the National Health Authority (NHA), as per reports.