Union Home Minister Amit Shah received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Shah was administered the vaccine under the supervision of a team of doctors led by Naresh Trehan.
Shah has been holding public rallies and meetings in poll-bound states, including West Bengal, where elections are set to take place in March-April. The senior BJP leader had tested positive for the virus in August last year. He underwent treatment at Medanta Hospital and was discharged after he tested negative. He was later admitted to the AIIMS for post-COVID treatment.
In the early hours of Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got the first jab of the indigenously developed Bharat Biotech's Covaxin at New Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The 70-year-old politician was vaccinated on the first day of India's inoculative drive for senior citizens and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities.
The government had announced on Wednesday that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities and for a charge at many private hospitals. Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Aarogya Setu.