Mumbai: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as a nationwide inoculation drive of more than 60 individuals and more than 45 diseases began.
“Happy to share that I took my first dose of #COVID19 vaccine today. Grateful to our scientists, health workers for their race against time to deliver the vaccines to people,” tweeted Patnaik.
“Appeal to all eligible people to come forward and get vaccinated for a Covid Free Odisha,” he added.
Happy to share that I took my first dose of #COVID19 vaccine today. Grateful to our scientists, health workers for their race against time to deliver the vaccines to people.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 1, 2021
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of Kovaxin, India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research, to overcome hesitation on the COVID-19 vaccine. PM Modi took the first dose of the vaccine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.
The Covid-19 vaccines- Covaxin and Covishield, will be made available to the general public from today. The Prime Minister went to AIIMS without any route on the roads, thus choosing early morning to avoid inconvenience to the public.
The first phase of the nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19 had begun on January 16. The second dose of vaccine had begun on 4 February 13.