“India has launched the world’s biggest vaccination drive and the credit goes to the medical fraternity and scientists, who developed two vaccines in a short span of time. The ‘made in India’ vaccine is also being provided to other countries,” said the PM.
Giving full credit to the scientists of the country for the vaccine’s success, the PM said that there was no political decision involved here.
“We have followed whatever our scientists have suggested,” the PM said.
While dispelling the doubts and hesitation about the drive, Modi also made the nation listen to the experiences of some of the beneficiaries and Covid vaccinators of the first round of drive-through video conferencing.
In his 25-minute live interaction, the PM spoke to five beneficiaries and vaccinators of his parliamentary constituency, including a matron at the district women’s hospital Pushpa Devi, an ANM at the Shiv Prasad Gupta divisional hospital Rani Kunwar Srivastava, chief medical superintendent of the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya district hospital Dr B Shukla, a senior lab technician at DDU district hospital Ramesh Chandra Rai and an ANM at Hathi Bazar community health centre (CHC) in Sevapuri Shrinkhala Chauhan.
Responding to the PM, Dr B Shukla said that 81 medical staff, including himself, got vaccinated on the first day of the drive and went to perform their day’s duty after a 30-minute wait.
“There is no confusion among the medical staff about the vaccine’s efficacy,” he said adding that over 10 lakh vaccines have been administered in India and no major side-effect has been reported so far.
“Before the first round of vaccination we had detailed discussion on this and we resolved to go out and spread the message that even in a minor vaccine, there are symptoms like minor headache or mild fever. We told people that these are very normal after-effects of a vaccine and one might get in Covid vaccine as well. If still anybody had any doubt, I volunteered to get vaccinated first when it started on January 16,” Dr Shukla told the PM.
“Your words about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine carry much weight. It enhances people’s faith,” the PM told Dr Shukla
The PM wanted to know from them their experience after getting vaccinated. “The entire nation along with me is listening to you.
What would you like to say about your experience after the vaccination? The words from the medical fraternity will fill a sense of confidence among the people for the vaccination,” he told Pushpa Devi, who had taken the vaccine shot in the first round on January 16.
She said it was like any other vaccine and there was no side-effect.
“I encourage our staff and other people for vaccination to make themselves and their family safe,” she said.
Earlier, initiating the interaction, the PM said that it was a good beginning of 2021, as the largest vaccination programme was being conducted in the country.
“Today India is completely self-reliant on this biggest need of the world and the country is also helping many other countries,” he said, adding that after about 30 crore people would be vaccinated in the first two phases.
The PM also appealed to medical institutions to go for competition in the vaccination drive so that all the frontline corona warriors can get vaccinated as early as possible.
Those over 50 would be covered in the second phase of vaccination.
He said that the people also get the benefit of sanitation drive, availability of toilets and potable water in fighting against coronavirus.
Referring to Varanasi, the PM said that the expansion in medical infrastructure in the city during the past six years is immensely benefiting the entire eastern Uttar Pradesh.