AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria became one of the first Indians to get vaccinated against Covid-19 on Saturday morning in a move aimed at inspiring confidence among the public about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines being rollout out in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launching India's vaccination drive today, paid tribute to Indian frontline workers and scientists and warned against falling for propaganda or rumours over vaccines. The first phase of the drive will cover 3 crore health and other frontline workers.
On the first day, around 100 people will be voluntarily vaccinated in each of the 3,006 centres in the country, the government said, calling it the start of the biggest such campaign in the world.
India's drive is one of the world's biggest vaccination programmes, aimed at inoculating 3 crore health and other frontline workers to start with. Two shots manufactured in India, one developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and the other by Bharat Biotech, are being injected.