After taking a jab of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the nurses who administered him the India made vaccine.
On the 1st of March, PM Modi took the India made COVID-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) of Delhi. Mr. Modi took the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Private Limited manufactured, COVAXIN.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech developed two vaccines Covisheild and COVAXIN, respectively, against the Novel Coronavirus disease.
Sister P. Niveda of Puducherry and Rosamma Anil of Kerala administered the first dose of the vaccine to the Prime Minister. P. Niveda said she was called on duty this morning but she wasn’t initially aware of Mr. Modi’s visit.
Ms. Niveda said the Prime Minister was given COVAXIN. She said, “He asked us where we belong to and after vaccination, he said, ‘Laga bhi di, pata hi nahi chala (Is it done already? Didn’t even feel it)’.”
According to sources, Mr. Modi chose an early morning slot to ensure no inconvenience is caused to people and there were no restrictions for traffic on the roads.
Soon after receiving the jab, Modi took to Twitter to appeal to eligible citizens to take the vaccine. “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 are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!”
Mr. Modi took the vaccination on the first day of the beginning of the second phase.
Besides government hospitals, private hospitals are also going to administer the COVID-19 vaccines. Private hospitals are allowed to charge a maximum of Rs.250 per vaccine from the citizens while the shot will be administered for free at government centres.
Nearly 270 million people are likely to be covered in the second phase of vaccination.