Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed his Twitter profile picture on Friday to mark the major milestone of India achieving 100 crore vaccine doses.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed his Twitter profile picture on Friday to mark the major milestone of India achieving 100 crore vaccine doses. The PM’s new image features a vial of Covid-19 vaccine. ‘Congratulations India’ is the message that is plastered across it.
“India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Thursday, soon after the country’s vaccination drive crossed the 100-crore mark.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated Modi, scientists, health workers and citizens of India for equitable vaccine distribution. “Congratulations, Prime Minister @narendramodi, the scientists, #healthworkers and people of #India, on your efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from #COVID19 and achieve #VaccinEquity targets,” he said in a tweet.
India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021. Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.
From February 2, front line workers were made eligible for vaccination.These included state and Central Police personnel, Armed Force Personnel, Home Guards, Civil Defence and Disaster Management Volunteers, Municipal workers, Prison Staff, PRI Staff and Revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance, Railway Protection Force and election Staff.
The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include persons above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified 20 comorbidities. It was further expanded to all people above 45 years of age from April 1. From May 1 all persons above 18 years of age were made eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
first published:Oct. 22, 2021, 10:19 a.m.