New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: On day 1 of the massive nationwide vaccination drive against the deadly coronavirus, at least 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated at 3,351 vaccine centres across the country, the Union Health Ministry said today. In another relief for the health authorities, overseeing the inoculation drive, the health ministry said that 'no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation has been reported in the country on day 1', and the beneficiaries reacted well to the COVID-19 vaccines administered to them. 

"Total vaccinators involved across India were 16,755. Total beneficiaries vaccinated across India--1,91,181. COVID19 vaccination drive was successful on Day 1. No case of post-vaccination hospitalisation reported so far," said Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry.

India's vaccination drive, which is dubbed as the world's biggest inoculation drive, started on Saturday morning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the program via video conferencing. PM Modi, in his inaugural address, hailed the health care workers and frontline warriors of the country for their unconditional service during the testing times of coronavirus pandemic, due to which over 1.50 lakh people have lost their lives in the country. 

The vaccine drive came almost a year after the country reported the first case of coronavirus on January 30 in Kerala. Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker in Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) became the first Indian to get vaccinated at the AIIMS COVID centre, where Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was also present. 

After taking the vaccine jab, Manish Kumar said that if there were some harmful effects associated with the vaccine, he would not have remained immune to them.  Sharing his experience, Kumar as quoted by ANI said, "I am having no issues like itching or anything. It is a big step for the country. Those who are having apprehensions after reading WhatsApp messages about these vaccines should not fear. After getting the shot, I am feeling better now."

Prior to the start of the vaccination drive, the government had aimed at inoculating around 3 lakh health care workers across the country on day 1, however, only 1.91 lakh can receive the jab. 

The health ministry also said that since it was the first day of vaccination, a few issues came up like delay in uploading beneficiary list at some session sites and healthcare workers vaccinated though not scheduled for today's session, however, resolutions were provided for both the issues. 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan after day 1 of the vaccination drive concluded said that it was a day of tremendous relief after a year of fear due to the COVID-19. He further said that the data in last 3-4 months which a significant rise in our recovery and a dip fatality rate indicate that we are gradually heading towards victory against COVID. 

"The fight against COVID-19 is already on its road to victory. This moment gives all of us immense satisfaction and as health minister of the country, I would like to pay tribute to all those who have contributed to the success of this fight," Vardhan said.

 

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India's vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus via video conferencing. Billed as the world's largest vaccination program, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.



The drugs regulatory body of India has currently approved two vaccines. Pune-based Serum Institute of India has developed the Covishield vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University while the Covaxin has been developed by Hyderabad's Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Medical Council of research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan