Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has on Monday received the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country opened its immunization programme.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Modi posted a picture of him getting shot at a government hospital in New Delhi.
“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” he wrote.
The premier further added appealed his country-men to help make India CVOID-19 free.
“I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free,” he added.
Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS.
Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19.
I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free! pic.twitter.com/5z5cvAoMrv
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2021
India, which has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world after the United States, has so far vaccinated more than 12 million health and front-line workers.
However, people above 60, and those who are 45 or more and suffering from certain medical conditions, are now eligible for the vaccinations.
The country has launched its vaccination drive on January 16, but it was limited to healthcare workers and frontline staff.
State-run hospitals will offer free jabs but people can also pay at private facilities to get vaccinated.
Since the pandemic began, India has reported more than 11 million coronavirus infections and over 157,000 deaths.
Much of India has reported a sharp fall in cases recently – with daily infections for the county falling to less than 20,000 from a peak of over 90,000 in September.