Vaccination drive successful on Day 1, over 1.91L inoculated: Health Ministry

at 10:12 pm
Manish Kumar
Manish Kumar, first covid-19 vaccine recipient.

New Delhi (NVI): Union Health Ministry today said that the COVID-19 vaccination drive was successfully conducted on the first day as over 1.91 lakh beneficiaries were inoculated with vaccine jabs at 3,351 session sites across the country and no case of post-inoculation hospitalisation has been reported so far.

While addressing a press conference, Health Ministry’s additional secretary Manohar Agnani said, “A total of 3,351 sessions were held wherein 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated, as per provisional reports. A total of 16,755 personnel were involved in organising the vaccination sessions.”

Covishield, the Oxford University-AstraZenexa shot being manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII), was supplied to all states and Union territories and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin was sent to 12 states, he added.

A worker at Delhi’s premier All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Manish Kumar, was the first person in India to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Furthermore, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria and NITI Aayog’s VK Paul were also given the shots in the presence of Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.

However, there was a delay in uploading beneficiary list at some session sites and healthcare workers not scheduled for the first day were vaccinated but resolutions were provided for both the issues, Agnani said.

This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched one of the world’s largest immunisation campaigns to bring the pandemic under control.