After PM Modi Union home minister Amit Shah himself vaccinated on the first day of phase two of the nationwide Coronavirus vaccination drive. In this phase, those who are above the age of 60 and 45+ with other comorbidities are being vaccinated.
Shah was vaccinated by the doctors in Medanta hospital in Gurugram.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah today took the first dose of the COVID19 vaccine. He was vaccinated by Medanta Hospital doctors.
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— ANI (@ANI) March 1, 2021
S Jaishankar minister for external affairs (MEA) too was vaccinated on Monday. He tweeted after getting the shot, “Got my jab. For the curious, it was #Covaxin. Felt secure, will travel safely.”
Got my jab. For the curious, it was #Covaxin.
Felt secure, will travel safely. pic.twitter.com/8PL7PZMEsf
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 1, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide second phase of the inoculation by getting himself inoculated. He was administered Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.
He added, “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,” Modi tweeted after taking the vaccine shot. “I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!”
In collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Covaxin has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech. Besides Covaxin, Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) is the other vaccine being administered in the country.
PM Modi joined the rising list of world leaders who have received the Covid-19 vaccine so far. The list includes US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris who received the Covid-19 vaccine in December before assuming the office.
However, in January, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 94, and her husband Prince Philip, 99, were inoculated against the infection by a royal household doctor at Windsor Castle. Antonio Guterres UN Secretary-General also received the Covid-19 vaccine in the same month.
In January itself, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received the Covid-19 vaccine along with his son and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took the vaccine in December.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also received the Covid-19 vaccine in December.
The government had announced last week that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities and for a charge at many private hospitals.
Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other applications such as Aarogya Setu.