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PM Modi Getting Covaxin Jab Sends a 'Big Message' to Those Who Doubted Indian Scientists

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the vaccine against coronavirus at AIIMS.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the vaccine against coronavirus at AIIMS.

PM Narendra Modi recently got the first dose of Covaxin, the Covid-19 vaccine created by Bharat Biotech, at AIIMS.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and appealed to all those who are eligible to get the vaccine too. On Monday, MP Modi arrived at the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi to take the jab, kickstarting the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive in India.

Following the shot, Modi took to Twitter and said, “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!”.

Amid a growing number of more infectious virus strains and a spurt in cases, India is set to expand its vaccination programme starting Monday to cover people over 60 and those over 45 with co-morbidities.

As photos of Modi with the sleeve of his kurta rolled up, taking a shot, went viral, many praised the Indian PM for taking the step and encouraging millions of Indians to do the same.

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Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to congratulate the PM and said that the latter had given a “big message” by getting the made-in-India vaccine Covaxin, thus silencing those who had doubts about India’s vaccine and the ability of Indian scientists to deliver an effective vaccine.

Yet others were impressed by the PM’s move to get the vaccine. Critics had questioned Modi and other politicians for not taking the vaccine themselves while encouraging others to take the shot. By taking the vaccine, many on Twitter claimed that that the PM was leading by example and that the move would help dispel the fears of many Indians who were so far scared or insecure about trusting the vaccine.

Registration on the Co-WIN2.0 portal will open at 9 am today. Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu. According to the ministry, there will be a facility of on-site registration so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and inoculated. The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step-by-step process.

first published:March 01, 2021, 13:21 IST