The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi kick started its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday (January 16).
The first person to receive the vaccine jab was a sanitation worker, Manish Kumar.
After that doctors, nurses and healthcare workers too were vaccinated at AIIMS, New Delhi.
In Delhi, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will span across 11 districts at 81 centers. As many as six central government hospitals; AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital, Kalawati Saran Children Hospital and two ESI hospitals are part of the vaccine drive.
While among the vaccination sites are LNJP Hospital, Delhi-government run GTB Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, DDU Hospital, BSA Hospital, Delhi State Cancer Institute, ILBS Hospital.
Private facilities Max Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Apollo Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital are also part of the vaccine rollout.
According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities.
The cost of vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers will be borne by the central government.
AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria also received COVID-19 vaccine jab at AIIMS, Delhi.
Delhi: A sanitation worker becomes the first person to receive COVID-19 vaccine jab at AIIMS. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is also present. pic.twitter.com/iDIVIKqvEi
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conference.
“The country has been waiting impatiently for this day,” he said.