Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took first shot of Covid-19 vaccine at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital and became the first beneficiary in the second phase of nationwide vaccination against coronavirus.
PM Modi took first dose of covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), tackling hesitancy over the Covid-19 Vaccine
Sharing an image of him taking first dose of the vaccine, PM Modi tweeted that its remarkable how doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against Covid-19.
PM Modi also appealed to all eligible to take the vaccine as India began vaccinating people over 60 and those over 45 who have illnesses.
Sister P. Niveda, from Puducherry, and another sister from Kerala who administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to PM Modi. Sister P. Niveda said PM Modi has been administered first dose of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, second dose will be given in 28 days. He asked us where do we belong to and after vaccination he said, he did not even feel that he has been inoculated, Niveda said.
The officials said the PM’s vaccination was replete with symbols from states where elections will be held in March-April, he wore a gamchha or scarf from Assam which is symbolic of blessings of women from Assam.
Apart from Covaxin, Pune-based Serum Institute’s Covishield, developed in patnership with pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University is being used in the vaccination drive which began on January 16.