SunstarTV Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a Covid shot this morning at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital, becoming the first beneficiary in the second phase of nationwide vaccination against the coronavirus. 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).
“Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” PM Modi tweeted, sharing an image of himself taking first dose of the vaccine.
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 also urged all eligible to take the vaccine as the country began vaccinating people over 60 and those over 45 who have illnesses.
“I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!” he said.
The PM’s vaccination was replete with symbols from states where elections will be held in March-April; he wore a gamchha or scarf from Assam and nurses from Kerala and Puducherry – Rosamma Anil and P Niveda – administered the dose. The scarf “is symbolic of blessings of women from Assam”, officials said. The Prime Minister has been seen wearing it on many occasions.