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The Prime Minister’s move to get vaccinated would instill confidence among the people and remove doubts: AIIMS Director Guleria | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to take the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on the first day that India opened the inoculation campaign for the elderly and people aged 45 and over with comorbidities should remove any doubt of people’s minds. about the vaccine, AIIMS chief Dr. Randeep Guleria said Monday.
Modi received the Covaxin jab locally developed by Bharat Biotech on Monday morning.
AIIMS was hinted at the prime minister’s visit to the hospital to get vaccinated on Sunday night and as such no special arrangement was made for him, Guleria told PTI.
“Since it was a weekday, he chose to come early in the morning so as not to cause any inconvenience to the patients in the hospital,” Guleria said.
“The prime minister giving the vaccine on the first day would instill confidence in the public and remove any hesitation and doubt they might have about the vaccine. People should come forward to get vaccinated and get rid of the disease in India,” he said. .
Guleria said Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry who administered the Covaxin jab to the prime minister, was briefed on her high-profile assignment only in the morning.
The AIIMS director said Modi took the photo around 6.30am, after which he was kept under observation for half an hour according to protocol, after which he left.
“He’s fine after getting the vaccine,” Guleria said.
Modi took her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS here on Monday and appealed to all those who are eligible to get vaccinated.
“I took my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS. It is remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in such a short time to strengthen the global fight against Covid-19,” Modi tweeted after receiving the vaccine.
“I appeal to all those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. Together, let’s make India Covid-19 free!” he said.
Nurse Niveda later told reporters that the prime minister, after the vaccine was administered, commented, “Laga bhi diya, pata bhi nahin chala (Did I already? I didn’t even feel it).”
The government had announced last Wednesday that all people over the age of 60 and those aged 45 and over with comorbidities will be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccine starting March 1 for free at government facilities and for a fee in many private hospitals.
Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal – “http://www.cowin.gov.in” through other IT applications such as Aarogya Be yourself.
There is also a walk-in provision for recipients to check in at the nearby session site to get vaccinated.

Times of India