Union Minister Ramdas Athawale took the first shot of covid vaccine in Mumbai. Athawale was administered Covaxin, the Indian-researched and produced anti-Covid-19 vaccine. Covaxin is produced by Bharat Biotech at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The union minister’s wife Seema Athawale also took the first jab of Covid-19 vaccine. Athawale and his wife took the vaccine at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital on Friday. “I took Covid-19 vaccine today at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital along with my wife. I appeal to everyone to go ahead and take the vaccine against Covid-19,” Athawale said. India opened up the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive from March 1, 2021. Those over 60 years and within 45-59 years with co-morbidities are being vaccinated.