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‘I Feel Safe After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine,’ Said A Health Worker During PM Modi’s Interaction With Beneficiaries At Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to dispel fears and misconceptions over the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines in an interaction with health workers in Varanasi

‘I Feel Safe After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine,’ Said A Health Worker During PM Modi’s Interaction With Beneficiaries At Varanasi
Highlights
  • The world's largest vaccination drive is underway in India: PM Modi
  • PM Modi lauded corona warriors for their ‘hard work’ and ‘wonderful job’
  • 20,000 health workers will be vaccinated first at 15 sites in Varanasi: PM

New Delhi: With an aim to dispel fear and misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccination drive and to hear the first-hand account of those vaccinated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with beneficiaries in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh today. Talking through video conference with beneficiaries and those administrating the shots, the Prime Minister expressed pride over the development of two vaccines in the country to tackle coronavirus. He said that the country is self-reliant in fulfilling its need for coronavirus vaccine and is manufacturing not one but two of such vaccines. “The country is manufacturing two Made in India vaccines. It is being supplied across the country at a good pace. The country is self-reliant on this need. India is also helping several countries,” he said.

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PM Modi added that there is no need to be concerned about the safety of the vaccines and said,

When scientists, doctors and health workers give a clean chit to the vaccine, it sends a very strong message among people about the efficacy of the shots. The vaccines have gone through a proper process and trials. The citizens of our country must have faith on our scientists and doctors.

Appreciating the role played by the healthcare workers and frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, PM Modi said,

Really, corona warriors have done a wonderful job and it is their hard work that we are able to fight the virus.

Health practitioners who have been vaccinated against coronavirus or have administered the shots to others took part, shared their experience with the PM. While sharing her experience, Pushpa Devi, Matron at a District Women Hospital, who received the vaccine on January 16 – the opening day of the vaccination drive, said that she feels wonderful after being inoculated and is healthy. She said,

I want to thank the Prime Minister because you decided to inoculate the health workers first. I am lucky that I have already received the vaccine. I feel safe and healthy. I urge everyone including my family, community and my nursing and paramedical staff to take the vaccine without any doubt. I have not faced any problems after getting the vaccine. Taking COVID-19 injection was as normal as taking any other injection. Everyone should come forward and get themselves vaccinated.

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Another beneficiary, Rani Kunwar, ANM (Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife) who is also working as a vaccinator during the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive shared her experience and said,

We administer almost 100 vaccines in one day. I feel very proud that I have got this opportunity to inoculate people against this deadly disease and help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. When I interact with people, they bless me.

Dr V Shukla, Chief Medical Officer at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital, Varanasi told the Prime Minister that the health workers feel honoured to be chosen as first group of people to get the vaccine. He said,

We are focusing on doing our duty of vaccinating people with diligence. It is a positive thing that people who got vaccinated are healthy and there is no fear among them. The vaccines are absolutely safe.

PM Modi informed that 20,000 healthcare professionals will be vaccinated at 15 vaccination centres in Varanasi in the first phase. He said,

In the past six years, medical infrastructure in Varanasi and nearby areas has transformed. This has helped the whole Purvanchal region during COVID-19. Now, Varanasi is going ahead with the same speed in vaccination drive like others.

He also acknowledged the efforts of people involved in programmes on cleanliness, drinking water and sanitation during the past five years. He added,

Because of these programmes, the poorest have developed the strength to battle diseases. There has been an indirect benefit that poor citizens, or elderly ones have become stronger to fight corona. Because of that our death rate has been very low. Swachhta (cleanliness), paani (water), and toilet programmes have helped a lot.

PM Modi launched the vaccination drive against COVID-19 on January 16 and called it as the world’s largest vaccination drive. The central government targets to inoculate 30 crore people in the next few months who have been identified as priority population which includes healthcare and frontline workers, senior citizens and those suffering from comorbidities. However, the authorities are grappling with hesitancy over the vaccination, with many health workers not turning up to get themselves inoculated at their assigned centres. As many as 10.4 lakh (10,43,534) people have been vaccinated against coronavirus in the country as of January 22.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

22,90,75,864Cases
19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
3,09,5758,606Active
3,27,49,574 34,469Recovered
4,45,385 252Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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