India's Modi gets second COVID-19 vaccine dose

Siliguri, India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday received the second installment of the novel coronavirus vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi. 

The Indian PM who has been very vocal about the nation's crucial role paid in churning out hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines including building a few vaccine candidates locally received the first shot back on 1st March 2021. 

According to ANI, two nurses who administered the COVID-19 vaccine to PM Narendra Modi at AIIMS, Delhi are — P. Niveda from Puducherry and Nisha Sharma from Punjab.

"I have given the second dose of COVAXIN to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He spoke to us. It was a memorable moment for me as I got to meet him and vaccinate him," Sister Nisha Sharma who inoculated PM Modi today said, ANI reported.

Separately, Sister Niveda, who is from Puducherry, said, "I got another opportunity to meet him (PM Modi) and vaccinate him for the second time."

Modi was jabbed with COVAXIN, a vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which is among the few candidates passed by the ICRM for mass dosage.

Modi shared a picture of getting vaccinated at the AIIMS and urged the citizens to do the same, as the nation enters another wave of the pandemic with over 126k new cases recorded yesterday. 

On March 1, India began the vaccination drive for people aged above 60 and between 45 and 59 having co-morbidities.

Now, people above the age of 45 are eligible to get vaccinated under a boosted drive to get the maximum number of people inoculated. 

If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot as soon as possible, Prime Minister advised. He also shared a link to the CoWin website, where people can sign up for the vaccine.

India's unstoppable Covid sprint hits yet another record, after over 126k new cases were registered from around the country in one day, which is also the highest number of cases recorded since the pandemic began. 

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