Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first person to get a Covid vaccine dose, as the national vaccination of people aged 60 and up with illnesses began.
At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with nurses who gave him the domestically produced vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) (AIIMS). Sister P Niveda, who gives the Prime Minister the first dose of the vaccine, said she was called to duty this morning but wasn’t aware of Modi’s visit at the time.
After arrival at the hospital at 6.25 a.m., Niveda said the Prime Minister was given Covaxin, a vaccine produced by Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech Limited. “After vaccination, he asked us where we came from and said, ‘Laga bhi di, pata hi nahi chala.’ (Has it all been completed? “I didn’t even feel it”),” the Puducherry nurse explained.
“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!” – PM Modi said on Twitter.
PM Modi chatted with them and remarked after getting the vaccine, according to P Niveda, the main nurse “Laga bhi diya aur pata bhi nahin chala (Already done? I didn’t even feel it).”
P Niveda, who has operated at AIIMS for three years, said she found out about the Prime Minister’s visit to the hospital this morning.
“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.
People over the age of 60, as well as those between the ages of 45 and 59, who have comorbidities, are being inoculated in this process. In this process of the immunisation programme, the government has also engaged the support of private hospitals. They are required to charge people a cost of $250 per injection, while the shot will be offered to them for free at government centers.
In the second step of vaccines, nearly 270 million individuals are expected to be vaccinated.