India on Saturday vaccinated 1.9 lakh people, against its target of 3 lakh people on the first day of the COVID vaccination programme of the country.
In all, over 3,000 vaccination centres were established around the country for the programme. Media reports quoting government sources said there was considerable hesitation among people about getting the vaccines which led to a shortfall in the target.
No adverse reactions to vaccines were reported on the first day, government reports said although the “CoWin” software platform did see some glitches.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the vaccination programme with the slogan “Dawai bhi, Kadai bhi (yes to Vaccine, yes to discipline)”.
In his speech, he also urged citizens not to forget to take the second dose and despite the vaccination, citizens must stay vigilant and follow COVID protocols including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
One of the world’s biggest vaccination programmes, India aims to inoculate 3 crore health and other frontline workers in the beginning.
Two shots – the Covishield developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and Covaxin produced by Bharat Biotech, both developed in India are being used for the vaccination programme.
India plans to vaccinate around 30 crore people with two doses in the first six to eight months of the year.
After frontline workers, about 27 crore people older than 50 or deemed high-risk because of pre-existing medical conditions will get the shot.
Modi on vaccination drive
Modi in his speech also warned people not to fall for propaganda over vaccines. There is a controversy over Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, which has been cleared for emergency use while it is still in the clinical trial.
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