India to vaccinate 3 crore people in phase one and 30 crore in phase 2: PM Modi at launch of COVID-19 vaccination drive

PM Modi emphasized that the start of the vaccination does not mean that the people should stop following the covid protocols of maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.

Created On: Jan 16, 2021 12:12 ISTModified On: Jan 16, 2021 12:12 IST
PM Modi launches COVID vaccine drive

PM Modi launched the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16, 2021, via video conference. The countrywide massive COVID-19 vaccination drive will start from January 16. This will also be the world’s largest immunization exercise under which government plans on vaccinating at least 3 crore people in the next few months.

The vaccination drive aims at vaccinating the health workers and frontline workers as a priority. As per the Union Health Ministry, around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the first day. During the launch of the largest drive, a total of 3006 session sites across the country were virtually connected to welcome this significant day. 

PM Modi during the launch of vaccination drive: Key Highlights

• In his address, Prime Minister Modi congratulated all the countrymen on this occasion and mentioned that as everyone was asking when the vaccine will be available, it is available now. 

• PM Modi informed that normally it takes many years to make a vaccine but in such a short span of time, not one, but two 'Made in India' vaccines are ready in India, and the work on other vaccines is also progressing at a fast pace. 

• While talking about the vaccinations, PM Modi reminded that the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are extremely important and according to the experts there should be a gap of one month between both the vaccinations. 

• PM Modi emphasized following the precautions and requested the people of the country to not make the mistake of taking off the mask and for not maintaining social distancing after receiving the first dose of the vaccine because the immunity develops after the second dose. 

• While talking about the scale of the vaccination drive, PM Modi highlighted that such a vaccination drive at such a massive scale has never been conducted in history. He added that there are over 100 countries with less than 3 crore population while India will be administering the vaccination to 3 crore people in the first phase only. In the second phase, India will take this number to 30 crores. 

•  During his address, PM Modi acknowledged the impact of the pandemic and noted that the disease kept people away from their families. The mothers cried for their children and had to stay away from them. He also mentioned that people did not get to meet their elderly who were admitted to the hospital and we were not able to bid adieu to those with the proper rituals who passed away due to the Coronavirus. 

• Prime Minister also highlighted the accomplishment of 'Vande Bharat Mission' and mentioned that when the countries had left their citizens, stuck in China amid the pandemic, India stepped up and evacuated not only Indians but also the people of other nations under the Vande Bharat Mission. 

• On the launch of the vaccination drive, Prime Minister emphasized that the start of the vaccination does not mean that the people should stop following the covid protocols of maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. He added that we all must take another vow- Dawaai bhi, Kadaai bhi.

• Prime Minister also informed that India is also among the few countries which despite hardships, had provided medical cover and medicines to over 150 countries around the world. Whether it is hydroxychloroquine, paracetamol, or testing the equipment, India had made all the possible efforts in order to save people of the other countries. 

Key Highlights:

As per the officials, a limited number of sites out of the 2,934 inoculation centres have been shortlisted by the authorities where the beneficiaries will be interacting with PM Modi.

The authorities from the selected centres have been asked to make provisions for the IT infrastructure in order to provide a two- way interactive communication facility.

As per the officials at AIIMS hospital and Safdarjung Hospitals of New Delhi, which are also among the shortlisted facilities, the health centres are ready for two-way communication.

Vaccination on the first day:

On the first day of the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive, around 3 lakh health care workers will get the vaccine shots at 2,934 sites and each vaccination session will be catering to a maximum of 100 beneficiaries.

Healthcare workers, those who are registered on CO-win for vaccination, on the launch will include not only nurses, doctors but also safai karamcharis, ambulance drivers, nursing orderlies, and will be from a mixed age group, which includes above 50 years.

Background:

Earlier in January 2021, India had issued the emergency use authorization to two COVID-19 vaccines- Covishield and COVAXIN. Later, the government had announced that the largest vaccination drive will begin on January 16 under which health care workers will be vaccinated on priority.

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