PM Narendra Modi addresses nation & inaugurates COVID-19 vaccination programme

The Covishield vaccine of Serum Institute of India has reached all state capitals and Covaxin, a backup to Covidshield has reached some states. After two mock drills, world’s largest Coronavirus vaccination drive is ready to begin in India on 16th January 2021.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the programme at 10:30 AM, followed by his address to the nation.

The vaccination campaign will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM on all days except those reserved for routine immunization program. A record of 3,00,000 health care workers across the country are scheduled to get vaccinated on the first day of the campaign and as many as 3,006 vaccination sites have been set up nationally.

The funding of the first two groups getting the vaccine – the healthcare and frontline workers – will be done entirely by the Centre. The drive will be held for these groups at several public health care facilities both in rural and urban India.

In a meeting with chief ministers of states with a high number of COVID-19 cases held earlier last month, the PM had said that the government will ensure every citizen gets a Coronavirus vaccine but the candidates must first pass all scientific tests. He said, “If speed is important, then safety is equally important.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, said, “PM made it clear that in the first stage, the vaccine will be given to the frontline health workers, in the second stage to the police personnel, sanitation workers etc; to those above 50 years of age in the third stage; and to those with co-morbid conditions in the fourth stage.”

PM Modi’s office said in a statement this week, “This will be the world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.”

He began his speech by saying, “Everyone was asking as to when the vaccine will be available. It is available now. I congratulate all the people

PM Modi says that just having the vaccination doesn’t mean that the safety procedures of masks and sanitation are null. We must continue to be safe. The PM encourages his citizens to perform yoga to remain healthy.

He insists “davai bhi aur kadhai bhi.” He applauds all hardworking doctors and urges India’s citizens to be careful and take care of themselves. He says that everyone and their families must remain healthy.

He hails the role of all scientists and people involved in vaccine research. He said, “All scientists and those in medicine fraternity who kept working tirelessly to make the vaccine. They didn’t see day or night, or festivals. Usually, medicines take years, here in a few months, two Made in India vaccines have been made.”

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