New Delhi, Jan 16 : AIIMS Delhi vaccinated the first person in India against the novel coronavirus as PM Narendra Modi launched the world’s biggest inoculation drive in the country.
The world’s biggest inoculation programme against the novel coronavirus infection has started in India as the country began vaccinating its high-risk healthcare workers. The vaccination drive has been planned in a phased manner, identifying priority groups. The first phase of India’s coronavirus vaccination drive started at 11 am across several cities in India.
The coronavirus vaccination drive was launched by PM Narendra Modi at 10:30 am via video conferencing. Stay with India Today to catch LIVE news updates on the world’s largest vaccination drive against the coronavirus which begins today.
Doctors at AIIMS Nagpur waiting for getting vaccinated
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi attended and oversaw the launch of the coronavirus vaccination drive at Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad. Several AIMIM MLAs also participated in the launch at different PHC/Hospitals under their respective constituencies.
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Please embrace it [the vaccines] and show to the world faith in your own products, in your own science, own technology and faith in the regulatory system and faith in the government – both Central and in states: Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog.
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said, “I want to reassure everyone that the vaccine is safe. It is efficacious. We have to vaccinate a huge number of people & therefore we can’t start being very choosy. We must have confidence in our researchers, scientists & regulatory authorities.”
13:07 PM ISTPosted by Chanchal ChauhanWorking to carry out phase 1 of vaccine drive within deadline: J&K Governor
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: This is a historic day. We are working to successfully carry out the first phase of the vaccination drive within the deadline & then complete the second phase to make a healthy Jammu and Kashmir. We need to continue following Covid protocols: J&K Governor Manoj Sinha
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth witnessed coronavirus vaccine administration at Balrampur hospital in Lucknow. “102 health workers would receive the vaccine at the hospital today, out of which 15 people have been given so far and every one of them is totally fine,” Adityanath said.
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached the LNJP Hospital as the vaccination drive began in the national capital. Speaking to reporters, Arvind Kejriwal said India will get rid of coronavirus soon enough. Arvind Kejriwal also said every day in Delhi, a total of 8,100 people will be vaccinated.
Arvind Kejriwal said, “The coronavirus vaccination drive has started across India. In Delhi, vaccines will be given across 81 centres. So far, eight people have been vaccinated in LNJP Hospital and 30 more are waiting their turn. I have spoken with the people who have received the vaccine. They did not experience any side-effects so far. We will get rid of coronavirus soon.” Kejriwal said, “In Delhi, people will be vaccinated at 1,000 centres.”
8,100 people will get the vaccine at 81 vaccination centres in Delhi. I appeal to the people not to pay heed to rumours. Experts have said that the vaccines are safe.
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla takes the Covishield vaccine. In a tweet, Poonawalla has said, “I wish India & Sri Narendra Modi ji great success in launching the world’s largest COVID vaccination roll-out. It brings me great pride that COVISHIELD is part of this historic effort & to endorse it’s safety & efficacy, I join our health workers in taking the vaccine myself.”
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says, “Safety of people has always been paramount. Phase 3 trials of Covaxin are ongoing. It has been subjected to ample and adequate scrutiny. After seeing the results, experts have given the approval. There is no need for any fear. We have to be absolutely fearless, and sure of the safety of this vaccine and also have to be patient.”
“Everyone has to wait for his/her turn. In one go, every person in the country cannot be vaccinated. There is no difference between the two vaccines. Both are equally safe and effective. They haven’t been divided for administering in terms of any category,” said Harsh Vardhan.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satendar Jain have reached the LNJP Hospital to launch Delhi government’s vaccination drive.
Former AIIMS Director and Vice Chancellor of SOA University, Dr Ashok Mohapatra receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan says, “This is probably the biggest immunisation campaign against COVID anywhere in the world. India has tremendous experience in handling such issues. We have already eradicated polio and smallpox.”
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh says, “I am very happy that the Covid-19 vaccination drive has begun, we have started with the health workers and it will gradually come down to other people. I’ve written to the PM to request free vaccine for the lower-income group.”
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Prime Minister of Bhutan has congratulated PM Narendra Modi on the national roll-out of the coronavirus vaccines. PM Lotay Tshering said, “I would like to congratulate PM @narendramodi and the people of India for the landmark launch of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive today. We hope it comes as an answer to pacify all the sufferings we have endured this pandemic.”
11:43 AM ISTPosted by Chanchal ChauhanNurse takes first jab in Bengaluru
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Bengaluru has also started vaccinating healthcare workers as PM Narendra Modi launched the world’s biggest vaccination drive. A nurse took the first jab at a hospital in Bengaluru in the presence of Chief Minister Yeddyurappa.
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Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Sanjay Yadav, a healthcare worker, was the first person in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal to be vaccinated with a vaccine shot at Hamidia hospital.
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Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: As India began its vaccination drive, Heakth Minister Harsh Vardhan said he was very happy and satisfied. “I am very happy and satisfied today. We have been fighting against coronavirus in PM’s leadership for the last one year. This vaccine will work as a ‘sanjeevani’ in the fight against Covid, which has entered the final stage,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi became the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine shot in India during the launch of the nationwide vaccine launch.
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: As the vaccination drive started in AIIMS Delhi, its chief Randeep Guleria, too, came forward to take the dose. He was the third person to take the shot. A sanitation worker from AIIMS was the first person in India to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
Coronavirus Vaccination in India LIVE Updates: Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker, becomes the first person to receive the coronavirus vaccine jab at AIIMS, Delhi in presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.