Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of all Indian states above 50, will receive shots of the Covid-19 vaccine in the second phase of the nationwide vaccination drive that was flagged off on January 16.
The vaccination drive was launched last week across the nation where healthcare workers and others at the frontline of the coronavirus fight are being given jabs of the two vaccines – Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
Along with the PM, all Chief Ministers, MPs, and MLAs who are above 50 will also receive the vaccine shots in the second phase of the drive.
Problems galore as India runs COVID-19 vaccine drive
Even as India is running its massive vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus, after eagerly waiting for a panacea for most part of last year, many states are still fighting to meet targets. There is a general circumspection among the people to take the vaccine jabs fearing side effects. People haven’t come out openly to take the vaccine shots.
Now, the government has planned to vaccinate people above 50 and with comorbidities in the second phase.
PM Modi held a meeting with the Chief Ministers before starting the vaccine drive and told that there is no need to panic or scurry to take the vaccine as it would be provided in the second phase.
Chief Ministers of states like Haryana, Bihar and Telangana had reportedly suggested that MLAs, MPs and other public representatives should be considered frontline workers and be vaccinated.
On the other hand, PM Modi has strictly warned anyone against jumping the queue.