New Delhi: With the first dose of the vaccine being taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi), the Kovid-19 vaccination campaign on Monday expanded to senior citizens and people aged 45 to 59 years suffering from various diseases. The vaccination campaign started on January 16 for health workers and sanitation workers in the country. At the same time, thousands of people queued up to take the vaccine at government and private health centers in the country on the expansion of the vaccination campaign. There were also reports of technical hiccups in the campaign and some people said that they had difficulty in registering on the Kovin app.
The Union Health Ministry clarified that the Kovin app available on the Play Store is only for administrators to use and to get Kovid-19 vaccinated, one has to register on the Kovin portal. The ministry said that till one o’clock in the afternoon more than one million citizens had registered on the Kovin portal. Registration started at nine in the morning, while the Prime Minister first took the vaccine dose. The Prime Minister took the first dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and appealed to all those who are eligible for it under the Phase II vaccination campaign.
At seven o’clock in the morning, PM Modi tweeted, “I took the first dose of Kovid-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Our doctors and scientists have done extraordinary work in a short period of time in the global fight against Kovid-19. “I appeal to all those eligible to get the Corona virus vaccine.” Together we will make India free of Kovid-19. ”PM Modi was given the first dose of the indigenous ‘covicin’ vaccine of Bharat Biotech. Presently Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine ‘Kovishield’ supplements are also being given.
Dr. Randeep Guleria, Head of AIIMS, said that the first dose of vaccination by the Prime Minister on the very first day of the commencement of vaccination campaign for senior citizens and people above 45 years of age from other diseases, can make people feel free to take any vaccine This kind of reluctance should go away. Guleria said that AIIMS was informed late last night about the vaccination of the Prime Minister and no special arrangements were made for him. Guleria said, “Because Monday was a (working) day, so they decided to get the vaccine early in the morning so that there would be no inconvenience to other patients coming to the hospital.”
The AIIMS director said that Prime Minister Modi was vaccinated at around 6.30 am and then kept under observation for about half an hour as per the procedure, after which he left. “He is fine after getting the vaccine,” said Guleria. P Niveda, a resident of Puducherry, gave the first dose of vaccine to the Prime Minister. Niveda later told reporters that after getting the vaccine, the Prime Minister told her, “Applied, not even detected.” Rosamma Anil, a resident of Kerala, said that it is a very happy day for her because Prime Minister Modi ji came to AIIMS to get the vaccine.
Immunization campaigns have also been reported from other states. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also took vaccine supplements. At the time of assembly elections in Bihar, the BJP-led NDA had promised that free vaccines would be provided to the people. Nitish Kumar said that free vaccines will be given to each person. He also appealed to the people to come forward to get the vaccine. Patnaik also made a similar appeal to the people.
Patnaik tweeted, “Got Kovid-19 vaccine today. I am thankful for the efforts made by the scientists, health workers to deliver the vaccine to the people in a timely manner. All those people should get vaccinated, who are eligible for it under the second phase of vaccination campaign. ”