India begins nationwide vaccination drive
India launched a nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19 today. Health Ministry said there are no cases of post vaccine hospitalisation have been reported so far. “This is the beginning of a final war, ” said Dr Naveen Thacker, a paediatrician and member of the Gujarat government’s task force on coronavirus, after receiving the first vaccine in the state.
A total of 1,91,181 beneficiaries vaccinated for COVID-19 on Day one of the massive nationwide vaccination drive. Two healthcare workers who received Covid vaccine at NDMC’s Hospital Delhi faced mild adverse event post-vaccination. They were kept under observation by the AEFI team, discharged after 30 minutes when they felt normal.
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PM Modi cautioned that even after the vaccination, citizens must stay vigilant and maintain all precautions against the virus, including masks and social distancing.
Government sources said there was considerable hesitation among the people getting the vaccines, explaining the shortfall in numbers. India’s drive is one of the biggest vaccination programmes, aimed at inoculating three crore health workers and other frontline workers to start with. Two shots manufactured in India, the Covishield developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and co-vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech are being used.
Bharat Biotech, which is supposed to supply 55,00,00 doses of its vaccine to the Centre, said that the company will pay compensation in case of any serious adverse effects experienced by recipients.