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'My Antibody Count is 300': Why Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij Won't Take Covid-19 Vaccine

File photo; Haryana health minister Anil Vij takes part in the Phase III trials of Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine Covaxin on November 20. (PTI)

File photo; Haryana health minister Anil Vij takes part in the Phase III trials of Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine Covaxin on November 20. (PTI)

In November Vij was administered a dose of Covaxin after he had volunteered for it as part of its third phase trial. Following the dosage, he contracted the infection which caused a debate.

As the second phase of the nationwide Covid vaccination began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the first beneficiary, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij tweeted that he did not need the vaccine.

PM Modi received a shot of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at Delhi’s AIIMS this morning and urged all eligible to take the vaccine and help “make India Covid-free”.

Around the same time, the Haryana Health Minister tweeted that he would not take the shot. “Today corona vaccine is starting for the people. Now there should be no hesitation at all. I will not be able to receive a dose as after a Covid infection, my antibody count is 300 which is a lot. Maybe the trial vaccine I had taken had a role in that. I don’t need vaccine right now,” Mr Vij posted in Hindi.

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In December last year, Vij was hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment. Reportedly, he was administered a dose of Covaxin in November after he had volunteered for it as part of its third phase trial. Following the dosage, he contracted the infection which caused a debate. However, later it was clarified that he had taken only one dose and the second was pending.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. After fresh cases recorded on Monday, the total coronavirus cases reached 1,11,12,241 in the country, while the death toll rose to 1,57,157 with 106 new fatalities.