Modi gets first shot of COVID vaccine
Published : Monday, 1 March, 2021 at 10:15 AM Count : 169
Wearing the traditional Assamese gamosa and a white kurta, a smiling Prime Minister Narendra sat down to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at New Delhi's the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday morning.
As health worker P Niveda, who hails from Puducherry, administered the first dose of the vaccine to PM Modi, a second nurse from Kerala was seen standing behind them in a photograph tweeted by him. PM Modi, who has hailed the India-made vaccines, was given the shot developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, reports Hindustan Times.
The 70-year-old Prime Minister has worn the traditional gamosa throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and has been seen using it also as a face mask to create mask awareness when the lockdown induced by the first wave of Covid-19. He tweeted saying he took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as the country kicked off the second phase of its vaccination drive. He also put in a word of praise for doctors and scientists. He also urged those eligible to take the vaccine.
The Prime Minister reached AIIMS at 6.25am on Monday morning and did not take any special routes. PM Modi also ensured that commuters, who often face busy traffic at the Inner Ring Road adjoining AIIMS while travelling to their workplaces or return home, do not face any hassle on a Monday morning.
The Centre has said citizens above 60 years of age and those older than 45 and suffer from comorbidities will now be able to get themselves inoculated against Covid-19 in either government or private hospitals.
The Centre also said that eligible citizens can get vaccinated in three ways - advance self-registration, onsite registration and facilitated cohort registration. Medical college hospitals, district hospitals, sub-divisional hospitals, Community Health Centres and Primary Health Centres have also been turned into Covid-19 vaccination centres (CVC), a statement from the health ministry said.
India, which has reported more than 11 million cases of the coronavirus disease, started its vaccination drive on January 16 by inoculating healthcare and frontline workers.