Noida: Lok Sabha member and former Union Minister Mahesh Sharma will receive the first of the two shots of covid-19 vaccine on January 16, when India begins the world’s largest vaccination drive against the coronavirus pandemic.
Reportedly, Sharma, a trained MBBS doctor and an MP from Gautam Buddh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh will be administered the vaccine at Kailash Hospital in Noida, which is also among the six selected centres for the vaccination drive in the district on Saturday. The BJP leader will be vaccinated for his role as a “frontline healthcare worker” during the pandemic, becoming the first parliamentarian to receive the vaccine in India.
“We don’t have to lag behind in this decisive battle against coronavirus. The government has decided that healthcare workers will be vaccinated first. I, as a doctor, will also get vaccinated tomorrow at 11 am,” Sharma tweeted in Hindi on January 15.
“This vaccine is completely safe. The government has approved its use only after it cleared tests successfully and met scientific standards. All of you must get vaccinated,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick-start India’s vaccine drive against coronavirus on Monday with a virtual ceremony. He took to Twitter on Friday to share the details regarding the coronavirus vaccination inaugural event and wrote: “Tomorrow, January 16, India begins the pan-India rollout of Covid-19 Vaccination drive. The launch will take place at 10:30 AM tomorrow morning.”
India will inoculate around 30 lakh people in the first phase. Healthcare workers, frontline workers and people aged above 50 will be the first ones to receive the vaccine doses.