Watch: AIIMS chief, sanitation worker among first to get vaccine

This vaccine will work as a 'sanjeevani' in the fight against COVID-19, said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

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More than 49 lakh frontline workers have received the first dose of the vaccine so far, according to health ministry | Photo: Twitter

Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker, on Saturday became the first person to receive the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, Delhi, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the massive inoculation drive across the country.

After getting the first shot, Kumar said his experience has been very good and that he will not hesitate to take the vaccine. “I’ll continue to serve my country more. There is no need to panic. The fear that I had in mind has also vanished. Everyone should get vaccinated,” he added.

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“I am very happy and satisfied today. We have been fighting against COVID-19 in PM’s leadership for the last one year. This vaccine will work as a ‘sanjeevani’ in the fight against COVID-19, which has entered the final stage,” said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who was present at the AIIMS, Delhi.

AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria was also among the first few people who received the vaccine. “I want to reassure everyone that the vaccine is safe. It is efficacious. We have to vaccinate a huge number of people and therefore we can’t be very choosy. We must have confidence in our researchers, scientists and regulatory authorities,” he said.

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