Sanitation worker at Delhi’s AIIMS Manish Kumar today became the first person in India to receive a shot of the anti-coronavirus vaccine. Healthcare worker Dhawal Dwivedi was the second person to be inoculated, followed by AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria and NITI Aayog’s senior member, Dr VK Paul.
“I had a very nice experience. I was not reluctant to get the vaccine shot…people need not be worried. Now I don’t have any doubts regarding the vaccine. Everyone must get inoculated,” the first recipient of the Covid-preventing vaccine said.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was present at the vaccination event. The process began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the world’s biggest inoculation drive with a brief speech delivered via video.
Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the nation today after launching the vaccine drive, said, “Those who need it (vaccine) the most will be vaccinated first – healthcare workers like doctors, nurses in private and government hospitals will be the priority. After that, those in essential services, those responsible for security and law.”
“These vaccines are our ‘sanjivini’ (live-saving drug) in our fight against the pandemic. We have won the battle against polio and now we have reached the decisive phase of winning the war against Covid. I want to congratulate all frontline workers on this day,” the health minister, who is also a medical practitioner specialising in otolaryngology (ENT specialist) said.
The country’s drug regulator has approved Covishield, a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Oxford University and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and homegrown Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech, for emergency use.
The union government, in the first phase of the drive, aims to inoculate about three crore healthcare and other frontline workers of the country.
Some 3,000 sites across all states and union territories are vaccinating health workers; around 100 people will be vaccinated per session.
The prime minister had earlier warned people against ignoring the second dose of the vaccines.