Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Notably, vaccination of senior citizens, as well as middle-aged people with comorbidities, has started from today.
PM Modi took to Twitter to reveal the same. He 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 are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!”
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 are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free! pic.twitter.com/5z5cvAoMrv
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2021
PM Modi took ‘Covaxin’ shot
With the Congress criticising the government for clearing the vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech sans the completion of the third phase trial, PM Modi tackled vaccine hesitancy as he took a dose of the home-grown Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Registrations for the vaccine will have to be done on www.cowin.gov.in and the Aarogya Setu app and there will be walk-in vaccinations in some places as well. India began its vaccination drive on January 16 intending to inoculate three crore frontline workers but has struggled with hesitancy, giving out some 1.43 crore shots so far.
India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 1.11 crore
The health ministry on Monday informed that 15,510 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.11 crore.
Also, 106 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,57,157.
Of the over 1.11 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 1.68 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 1.52 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.07 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 21.68 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country.
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