Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, Delhi. He was given a shot of the ‘Covaxin’ which is indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech International Limited.
Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN to the Prime Minister, sources said.
“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 were eligible to take a vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!” he tweeted urging to those who are eligible, to get vaccinated.
He also posted a picture of himself taking the first dose of the vaccine in which he is seen sporting an Assamese ‘gamocha’ and getting inoculated with a smile on his face. The picture was posted on all social media platforms.
The government had announced on Wednesday that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The drive will start 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 IT applications such as Aarogya Setu.