President Ram Nath Kovind receives first dose of vaccine

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday took the first jab of coronavirus vaccine at RR Hospital in the national capital, two days after India commenced its second phase of the vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against Covid-19.

The President got his first shot as the country’s vaccination campaign has been widened to include people above 60, and those who are 45 or more and suffering from certain medical conditions. President Kovind had earlier said it was a matter of immense pride that India is conducting the world’s largest vaccination programme. “Both the vaccines rolled out under this programme are produced indigenously,” he had said. In a related development, the Centre on Tuesday permitted all private hospitals to give COVID vaccine if they adhere to the laid down norms and also asked the states and union territories to utilise the optimum capacity of private medical facilities empanelled under three categories.