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On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and also asked eligible people to follow suit.

“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.

With this, PM Modi kick-started the new phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive in India. India will expand its vaccination programme from Monday 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.

Registration on the Co-WIN2.0 portal will open at 9 am today. 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 Arogya Setu.

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! pic.twitter.com/5z5cvAoMrv

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2021

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.

Almost as soon as PM Modi made the announcement, many on Twitter praised his move because Twitterati believe that this will remove doubts in the minds of people about the efficacy of vaccines.

Well this is an answer to all those who questioned why #PMModi is not getting vaccinated first. Simple answer, earlier it was for healthcare workers and frontline workers. Now it is for common people’s turn so he got vaccinated.#vaccinated https://t.co/XvIBiT0RxT— Jitendra Sharma (@jeets2005) March 1, 2021

To the people who are eligible and are still in doubt and were asking, He was just waiting for his turn.Getting vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.#Covaxin#COVID19 https://t.co/GNQ3KeGs2O— unnamed visitor (@UnnamedVi) March 1, 2021

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.

Willingness to get a Covid-19 vaccine is on the rise compared to last year, a survey of six industrialised countries published on Monday showed. AFP: More people in the United Kingdom, the United States and even vaccine-sceptical France now accept the idea of getting a coronavirus jab, KekstCNC, an international consultancy, said in the survey conducted in February. The survey also covered Germany, Japan and Sweden where a similar trend was clear, it said.

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