PM Modi receives his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, urges the eligible ones to get vaccinated
PM Modi received his second dose of the Coronavirus vaccine. He had received the shot of his first dose on March 1, 2021.
Prime Minister Modi has received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS on April 8, 2021. While sharing the news, Prime Minister also urged those who are eligible for the vaccine to get the shot soon. He mentioned that vaccination is among the few ways to defeat the virus.
Prime Minister Modi had taken his first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine on March 1, 2021, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and had become the first beneficiary in the second phase of India’s vaccination drive against the virus.
He had received the dose of COVAXIN and addressed the hesitancy among citizens over India’s homegrown vaccine. COVAXIN is indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research.
While receiving the dose, he pointed that it is remarkable how India’s scientists and doctors have worked in a quick time for strengthening the global fight against the pandemic.
Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 8, 2021
Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus.
If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on https://t.co/hXdLpmaYSP. pic.twitter.com/XZzv6ULdan
Why PM Modi receiving the dose of COVAXIN is significant?
COVAXIN is India’s homegrown vaccine which has been developed by the collaboration of Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Bharat Biotech’s vaccine had run into controversy after it received regulatory approval by the authoritative body for emergency use without the results of Phase-3 trials.
However, in January 2021, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech Dr. Krishna Ella gave a clarification that the vaccine is absolutely safe and that the company has conducted trials of the vaccine in over 12 countries besides India.
PM Modi’s vaccination filled with symbols from states:
As Prime Minister Modi received his first dose of vaccination, the details were filled with symbols from states where the elections are scheduled to held in March-April 2021.
While receiving the vaccine, he wore a scarf or gamchha from Assam, which is a symbol of the blessings of women from the state. He has been seen wearing it on several other occasions.
Also, the nurses who administered the dose of the vaccine to the Prime Minister were from Kerala and Puducherry- Rosamma Anil and P Niveda.
India starts vaccination to cover senior citizens and people with co-morbidities:
The country will start the nationwide vaccination drive on March 1, 2021, under which it will cover senior citizens above 60 years of age and people above 45 years with co-morbidities.
Registrations opened at 9 in the morning at www.cowin.gov.in as well as at Aarogya Setu App. There will also be walk-in vaccinations at some places as well.
India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive:
• The first phase of the countrywide vaccination drive started on January 16 and the drive for the second dose began on February 13, 2021.
• Apart from COVAXIN, COVISHIELD of Serum institute which has been developed in partnership with Oxford University and AstraZeneca has also been used in the vaccination drive.
• India is also likely to approve more vaccines in the coming months, including Cadila Healthcare’s ZyCov-D and Russia’s Sputnik- V.