Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. PM Modi also urged people eligible to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.
He took to Twitter to reveal about his vaccination. PM Modi said, “Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon.”
Notably, the prime minister had taken the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS on March 1 when the Union government opened its immunisation campaign for people aged above 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities.
PM Modi took Covaxin
PM Modi has taken the home-grown Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which has been linked to vaccine hesitancy because of its clinical trials status.
The second vaccine dose was administered by two nurses, one of whom had given him his first shot as well. P Niveda, who was the main nurse last time, was seen holding PM Modi’s arm in the photo while Nisha Sharma administered the dose.
India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive
India has so far administered 9.01 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the immunisation drive was launched on January 16. Over 29.79 lakh people were vaccinated on Wednesday. Cumulatively, 9,01,98,673 vaccine doses have been administered through 13,77,304 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am on Thursday.
These include 89,68,151 healthcare workers who have taken the first dose and 54,18,084 healthcare workers who have taken the second dose, 97,67,538 frontline workers (first dose), 44,11,609 frontline workers (second dose), 3,63,32,851 first dose beneficiaries and 11,39,291 second dose beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 2,36,94,487 (first dose) and 4,66,662 (second dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.
Eight states account for 60 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country.
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