PM Modi's Mother Receives First Shot of Covid-19 Vaccine, Twitter Sends Love and Wishes

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his mother, Heeraben Modi, received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Taking to social media Modi said, “Happy to share that my mother has taken the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today. I urge everyone to help and motivate people around you who are eligible to take the vaccine.”

However, the prime minister didn’t specify any other details regarding which vaccine did 99-year-old Heeraben take, covaxin or covishield.

Earlier last week PM Modi had kick-started the new phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive in India by taking his first shot. India expanded its vaccination programme from March 1 to cover people over 60 and those over 45 with co-morbidities amid a growing number of more infectious virus strains and a spurt in cases.

“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!,” said the prime minister on Twitter. Sister P Niveda from Puducherry, administered COVAXIN (Bharat BioTech) to PM Modi.

As soon as the news of Heeraben receiving her first shot of vaccine went viral, Twitterati sent their love and well wishes to Modi’s family. Many even reiterated how this will instil assurance in people about the safety of the coronavirus vaccinations.

Citizens have 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 Arogya Setu. According to the ministry, there will be a facility of on-site registration so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and inoculated. The eligible persons will be able to register at the Co-WIN2.0 portal through their mobile number, through a step by step process.

With one mobile number, a person can register as many as four beneficiaries. However, all those registered on one mobile number will have nothing in common except the mobile number, the ministry said. The photo ID card number for each such beneficiary must be different. Either of the following photo identity documents can be used by citizens for availing of online registration — Aadhaar Card/Letter, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), passport, driving license, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card or Pension Document with photograph.