New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday became the first to received the first shot of Covid-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, as India undergoes 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.
Prime Minister’s vaccination has been reckoned as a political gimmick as he went to receive his Covid shot in a gamosa or scarf from Assam and attended by the main nurse, P Niveda and Rosamma Anil, who hail from Puducherry and Kerala, two states that are to go into polls from next month.
According to Niveda, PM Modi chatted with them and remarked after receiving the vaccine: “Laga bhi diya aur pata bhi nahin chala (Already done? I didn’t even feel it),” also “He asked where we are from, talked with us,” added sister Niveda.
P Niveda, who has been with AIIMS for three years now, said she learnt this morning that the Prime Minister was coming for vaccine.
“I am posted at the vaccine centre. I was called. We found out PM sir is coming today. It was great to meet PM sir,” she said adding that PM Modi will need his second dose in 28 days.
Rosamma Anil, the nurse from Kerala, added that it was a surprise. “It was very nice. Sir also was very comfortable,” she grinned.
Starting from Monday, 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.
Addressing vaccine hesitancy that has slowed down vaccinations in the country, PM Modi took Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, the homegrown shot that was caught in a controversy as it was cleared for use while still in trial stages.
As of now, India’s active caseload has mounted to 168,627 and 11,288 patients of the coronavirus disease recovered between Sunday and Monday morning, While, country’s single-day Covid-19 cases have drop to 15,510, whereas tally stood over 11.11 million