Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world’s biggest Covid vaccination programme in India at 10:30 am via video conferencing, covering 300,000 recipients across 3,006 sites in the country on an opening day, as per the official schedule drawn up by the government.
Addressing the nation Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “For so many months, every household had one question, When will the vaccine come? Now it is here. In very less time. I congratulate everyone. Those related to its development deserve special applause. They dedicated themselves didn’t see festivals, day or night. In general, vaccines take years to develop. But now we have two Made-In-India vaccines. This is an evidence of India’s scientific progress and talent,” PM Modi said.
“Those who need it the most will be vaccinated first – healthcare workers like doctors, nurses, etc in private and government hospitals will be the priority. After that, those in essential services are responsible for security and law – Army, sanitation workers etc. It is essential to administer two doses. Don’t forget to get the second dose and they have to be one month apart,” he added.
Prime Minister added that safety protocol, including social distancing and wearing masks, must remain in place.
In AIIMS-Delhi a sanitation worker took the first person to receive vaccine jab. Followed by Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS-Director also took the COVID-19 vaccination.
Eminent persons and doctors will be the first to take the vaccine shot, apart from nurses, sanitation and anganwadi workers, driving home the message that the vaccine is safe.
According to officials, the centre will deploy vaccines from a single manufacturer to avoid mixing of doses in recipients, which is not permitted, said officials involved in the delivery programme launched at 10.30 am.