The Prime Minister conceded that the second wave is "testing our patience". From May 1st, vaccines will be available for every person above 18 years of age. He also lauded other frontline workers, including doctors, ambulance drivers and lab technicians, for their service.
Offering further explanations on apprehensions about the side effects, Dr Naveed told the Prime Minister "till date in the entire process, we have not found any side effect".
"I appeal the people to come forward and get themselves vaccinated for their protection as well as the protection of our society and community", Dr Naveed said.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged all citizens to take COVID-19 vaccines and exercise caution, saying a "storm" of infections had shaken the country.
The prime minister said that Sunday's show was entirely focused on the coronavirus pandemic because India's top priority now was to defeat the infection.
On the worsening situation caused by coronavirus infection in the country, PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said that like previous year, the challenge before us is to prevent this infection from reaching villages. "Many of our near and dear ones have left us untimely...this storm has shaken the country", he said while addressing the nation through his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'.
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"Our spirits were high after successfully dealing with the first wave", Modi said in a radio address.
On reports of people testing positive even after getting vaccinated, he said that if someone is vaccinated, they may get infected but the severity of the disease will not be severe.
He further stated: "You all must be knowing that people above 45 years of age can benefit from the free vaccine that has been sent to all state governments by the government of India".
- "The Government of India is applying its entire might to give a fillip to the endeavours of State Governments". "The state governments too are trying their best to fulfill their responsibilities", he said.
"Presently, the country's doctors and health workers are waging a colossal battle against Corona", the Prime Minister said. On the occasion of Panchayati Raj Day, PM Modi has requested everyone to follow preventive measures and said that every effort has to be made to ensure that its transition does not spread to villages.
These dedicated plants will be established in identified government hospitals in district headquarters in various states and union territories, and their procurement will be done through the Health and Family Welfare ministry.