Meet the nurse who vaccinated PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday received his second dose of Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin in Delhi at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital - 37 days after his first shot. He took his first jab last month and became the first person to take the shot as the nationwide vaccination drive kicked off for persons above 60 and those over 45 with illnesses earlier this year. The expansion of India’s immunisation drive started in mid-January with healthcare workers.
Nurse Nisha Sharma, who hails from Punjab administered PM Modi with his second shot of Covaxin.
"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," said sister Sharma.
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. pic.twitter.com/1lkpTU7UHm— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
Puducherry-based Sister Niveda, who has been working with the AIIMS for three years, was the vaccinator who gave the first dose to him in March. "Today I got another opportunity to meet him and vaccinate him for the second time. I was elated again. He spoke to us, we even clicked pictures with him," she said.
Tweeting a photo of his vaccination, the Prime Minister said, "Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus." He also urged all those "if you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon". PM Modi also shared a link to the CoWin website, a portal to register for the vaccine.
Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 8, 2021
Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus.
If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on https://t.co/hXdLpmaYSP. pic.twitter.com/XZzv6ULdan
In the photo, Modi can be seen getting the jab with Niveda holding his arm while Sharma administered the dose.
In the third phase of India's coronavirus vaccination drive, all those above 45 years are eligible for the vaccine.
Over the past few weeks, India is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19, with the biggest-ever daily surge of more than a lakh on Monday. On Wednesday, India reported over 1.15 lakh new cases in 24 hours. The total number of infections now stands over 1.28 crore.