Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at the launch of Pan-India Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

  • The entire country is eagerly waiting for this day. For months together, the children, old and the young in every household in the country had the same question as to when the Corona vaccine would come.
  • So now the Corona vaccine has come, and in a very short time. A few minutes from now, the world’s largest vaccination campaign is going to be launched in India.
  • I congratulate all my countrymen for this. Today, a number of scientists and those involved in the research of vaccines deserve praise.
  • Who were engaged day and night for the past several months in developing vaccines against the Corona. They did not care for any festival, day or night.
  • It usually takes years to develop a vaccine. But, in such a short time, not one, but two ‘Made in India’ vaccines have been developed.
  • Not only that, many more vaccines are also progressing at a rapid pace. This is a shining proof of India’s strength, India’s scientific proficiency and India’s talent.
  • For such achievements, national poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar had said, “When human beings insist, even stones become water!!
  • Brothers and sisters, India’s vaccination campaign is based on very humane and important principles.
  • Those who need the most will be vaccinated first. Those who have the highest risk of corona infection will be vaccinated first.
  • Our doctors, nurses, safai karamcharis (sanitation staff) in hospitals and paramedical staff are the first to be vaccinated.
  • Whether they are in government hospitals or in private, they will be vaccinated on a priority basis.
  • Thereafter, those who are responsible for protecting essential services and the country or law and order will be vaccinated.
  • For example, our security forces, police personnel, fire brigade personnel, safai karamcharis (sanitation staff) etc. will be on priority.
  • And, as I have said earlier, their number is about three crores. The cost of vaccination of all these people will be borne by the Government of India.