Doctors, healthcare workers and BMC staff getting COVID-19 vaccination at Rajawadi hospital, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Doctors, healthcare workers and BMC staff getting COVID-19 vaccination at Rajawadi hospital, in Mumbai on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

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The vaccination drive covers all Indian states and union territories. The drive will be held daily from 9am to 5pm, except on the days earmarked for routine immunisation programmes.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:22 PM IST

In what has been termed as the world's largest coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination drive, India began its vaccine drive across the country on Saturday. The nationwide vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today through video conferencing.


A total of 3,00,000 healthcare workers will be vaccinated using the two vaccines--Covaxin and Covishield, which have received the Emergency Use Authorisation (EAU) after going through established safety and immunogenicity in a well-prescribed regulatory process.


The vaccination drive covers all Indian states and union territories. The drive will be held daily from 9am to 5pm, except on the days earmarked for routine immunisation programmes.

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  • JAN 16, 2021 11:21 PM IST

    AIIMS inoculates healthcare beneficiaries on Saturday

    AIIMS inoculated 75 beneficiaries on Day 1 of the vaccine drive.

  • JAN 16, 2021 11:00 PM IST

    AIIMS worker develops allergic reaction after receiving jab

    An AIIMS security guard developed allergic reaction after receiving Covid-19 vaccination on Saturday.

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:51 PM IST

    Kerala inoculates more than 8,000 workers on Day 1 of Covid-19 vaccination drive

    The health minister also highlighted that more than 800 frontline workers in Palakkad district were first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:14 PM IST

    After Odisha, Maharashtra halts Covid-19 vaccination drive for a day

    Maharashtra state health department cited technical issues with CoWIN app as a reason of halting vaccination drive for a day.

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:02 PM IST

    Delhi govt records 52 cases of AEFI

    Delhi government said that it has recorded 52 cases of Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) on day 1 of Covid-19 vaccination.

  • JAN 16, 2021 09:44 PM IST

    Maharashtra records 571 new coronavirus cases

    Maharashtra's case tally reaches 302,223. The state reported 8 deaths on Saturday.

  • JAN 16, 2021 09:05 PM IST

    2 healthcare workers in Delhi face mild adverse event post-inoculation

    2 healthcare workers from North Delhi Municipal Corporation reported that they faced mild adverse event after vaccination. After the adverse event following immunization (AEFI) team present on site observed them for 30 mins and discharged them when they felt normal.

  • JAN 16, 2021 09:04 PM IST

    Apollo Hospitals chairman gets vaccinated

    Prathap C Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals also encouraged citizens of the nation to get inoculated and said none should hesitate when it is their turn to get vaccinated.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:28 PM IST

    Kerala govt allows 100 people indoors at marriage ceremonies

    Kerala government on Saturday allowed 100 guests indoors and 200 guest outdoors at marriage ceremonies. Earlier 50 people were allowed to attend marriage ceremonies due to Covid-19 pandemic.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:17 PM IST

    PM Modi monitors vaccination drive

    The prime minister on Sautrday was seen monitoring the nation's Covid-19 vaccine drive and was seen taking real-time updates from vaccination centres across the nation.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:14 PM IST

    More than 190,000 vaccinated on Day 1 of inoculation drive

    The health ministry said that more than 191,000 people have received the coronavirus vaccine on the first day of the vaccination drive.

  • JAN 16, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    Will resume vaccination drive from Monday, says Odisha health official

    Odisha government officials said that they will pause the Covid-19 vaccination drive for a day to observe beneficiaries who received the first dose.

  • JAN 16, 2021 07:05 PM IST

    374 beneficiaries receive Covid-19 vaccine in Chandigarh

    Chandigarh administration said that 374 beneficiaries were administered the Covid-19 vaccine during the first phase of the vaccination drive.

  • JAN 16, 2021 06:58 PM IST

    There's a small section that is spreading rumours about vaccines: Harsh Vardhan

    There's a small section that is spreading rumours about vaccines, their utility, their safety, to mislead the people in society. But such a large number of people received vaccines today with great joy and enthusiasm, eminent doctors received the vaccine: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

  • JAN 16, 2021 06:53 PM IST

    Rajasthan reports 238 new Covid-19 cases

    Rajasthan reports 238 new Covid-19 cases, 558 recoveries, and 2 deaths today.

    Total cases 3,14,920

    Total recoveries 3,06,888

    Death toll 2746

    Active cases 5286

  • JAN 16, 2021 06:50 PM IST

    3,129 healthcare workers of Indian Army received first dose of Covid-19 vaccine today

    3,129 healthcare workers of the Indian Army received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today: Army Officials

  • JAN 16, 2021 06:39 PM IST

    Received success to an extent in fight against Covid-19 in a year: Harsh Vardhan

    ‘Received success to an extent in fight against Covid-19 in a year’, says Harsh Vardhan as India rolls out vaccine

  • JAN 16, 2021 06:08 PM IST

    Covid-19 in Delhi: 299 fresh cases, 6 more deaths; positivity rate dips to 0.42 per cent

    Delhi recorded 299 fresh Covid-19 cases and six more deaths on Saturday, even as the positivity rate slipped to 0.42 per cent, authorities said.

  • JAN 16, 2021 05:05 PM IST

    India has fought the most successful war against coronavirus: Amit Shah

    India has fought the most successful war against coronavirus in the world under PM Modi's leadership: Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

  • JAN 16, 2021 04:01 PM IST

    J-K LG cautions people against rumour mongers over Covid-19 vaccination

    Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday cautioned people against rumour mongers spreading lies about Covid-19 vaccine even as the administration said it is fully prepared to ensure a successful inoculation drive in the union territory.

  • JAN 16, 2021 03:46 PM IST

    Bharat Biotech says will compensate for adverse effects

    Bharat Biotech, which has received government purchase order for supply of 55 lakh doses of Covaxin, a Covid-19 vaccine, says it will pay compensation to recipients in case of any serious adverse effects experienced after receiving the antidote.

  • JAN 16, 2021 03:31 PM IST

    Covid-19 vaccination commences in Bihar, 30,000 to be inoculated daily

    Covid-19 vaccination kicked off in Bihar on Saturday with five staff members of a super specialty government hospital becoming the first ones to receive the shots in presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

    Kumar was at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), a state-run hospital modelled after AIIMS, where cleaning staff Ram Babu got the first jab, followed by ambulance driver Amit Kumar.

  • JAN 16, 2021 02:03 PM IST

    Everyone was eagerly waiting for this day, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

    Everyone was eagerly waiting for this day. Finally, the vaccine is out. Vaccination would take place at 167 booths... It would take one to one-and-half-a-year to vaccinate everyone. Until then, we need to continue to follow Covid related protocols: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:51 PM IST

    Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the vaccination centre at BKC Jumbo Covid-19 hospital in Mumbai

    Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the vaccination centre at BKC Jumbo Covid-19 hospital in Mumbai and witnessed the vaccine administration today.

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    SII chief wishes PM Modi on Covid-19 vaccine launch

    Serum Institute of India chief Adar Poonawalla on Saturday congratulated the country and the PM and said, "I wish India & Sri@narendramodi ji great success in launching the world’s largest COVID vaccination roll-out. It brings me great pride that #COVISHIELD is part of this historic effort & to endorse it’s safety & efficacy, I join our health workers in taking the vaccine myself."

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:37 PM IST

    ITBP personnel administered the first dose of corona vaccine

    Among the first Covid-19 vaccine shot recipients, 20 ITBP personnel posted in Leh (Ladakh) were given the vaccine dose today.

    "On the launch day of the coronavirus vaccination in India, the ITBP once again got the opportunity to be a part of fight against the pandemic as it had served earlier in each occasion such as developing the first quarantine facility in chhawla, preparing face masks and PPE kits and running the world's biggest covid care centre and hospital in New Delhi," a statement by the force said.

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:10 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu rolls out Covid-19 vaccination, govt doctor gets first vaccine shot

    Tamil Nadu on Saturday rolled out the Covid-19 vaccination drive at 166 sites across the state with a government doctor here becoming the first to be administered the shot.

    Chief Minster K Palaniswami said everyone, including him should get vaccinated, but priority, however, was only for frontline workers such as the doctors and health workers.

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:10 PM IST

    Covid-19 vaccination begins in Noida, Mahesh Sharma among first MPs to get jab

    BJP leader and Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma on Saturday got vaccinated for coronavirus as a 'healthcare worker', becoming among the first parliamentarians in India to get inoculated for the infection.

    Sharma, who is also a trained MBBS doctor, got vaccinated at 11 am at his Kailash Hospital in Noida Sector 27, hospital spokesperson V B Joshi told PTI.

    The 61-year-old former Union minister was then kept in observation for 30 minutes at the hospital, Joshi said.

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:09 PM IST

    Medical van driver, ex-MCI chief get vaccine among others

    A medical van driver from Rajkot, along with doctors, on Saturday became one of the first beneficiaries of Covid-19 vaccine in Gujarat on the first day of the inoculation drive.

    The drive began at 161 centres in the state where the vaccine jabs were administered to health workers almost simultaneously.

  • JAN 16, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Covid-19 vaccines 'Sanjivani' in fight against pandemic, says Dr Harsh Vardhan

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday described the Covid-19 vaccines as 'Sanjivani' in the fight against the infectious disease as he urged people not to pay heed to hearsay and instead believe in experts and scientists.

    "These vaccines are 'sanjivani' in our fight against this pandemic. We have won the battles against polio and small pox. Now, we have reached the decisive phase of winning the war against coronavirus," he said.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:52 PM IST

    'Historic day': J-K Governor on India's vaccination drive

    Jammu and Kashmir Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that country is witnessing a historic day. "We are working to successfully carry out the first phase of the vaccination drive within the deadline and then complete the second phase to make a healthy Jammu and Kashmir. We need to continue following Covid protocols," Sinha told ANI.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:49 PM IST

    Covid-19 vaccination drive underway at Jammu and Kashmir

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:39 PM IST

    Country witnessing a historical moment today, says Home minister Amit Shah

    Union Home minister Amit Shah on Saturday tweeted praise for PM Modi after the launch of country's Covid-19 vaccine drive. "The country is going to witness a historic moment today. In the fight against Corona under the leadership of @narendramodi ji, India has crossed an important milestone," Amit Shah tweeted.

    The world's largest vaccination campaign shows the immense potential of India's scientists and the power of our leadership, Shah tweeted.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    Don't want to do politics over Covid-19 vaccine, says Uddhav Thackeray

    Maharashtra chief minister and former BJP ally Uddhav Thackeray snubbed politicking around Covid-19 vaccine and said, "I don't want to do politics over Covid-19 vaccination. Citizens of all states should be equal and are equal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that there is no question of inequality."

    On whether Covid-19 vaccination will be for free for citizens of Maharashtra, CM Thackeray said, "Whenever we get more clarity on vaccine availability and its charges from Centre, we will be clear on it. Once Centre gives more clarity, we will take a final call."

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:23 PM IST

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, health minister arrive at Lok Nayak Hospital

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Lok Nayak Hospital to oversee the city’s vaccination drive. Heath minister Satyendar Jain and chief secretary Vijay Dev are also present.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:21 PM IST

    Now we have reached a decisive phase in war against Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan

    We have won the battle against polio, small pox. Now we have reached a decisive phase in war against Covid-19: Health minister Harsh Vardhan.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:19 PM IST

    Have written to PM to request free vaccine for lower-income group: Punjab CM

    I am very happy that the Covid-19 vaccination drive has begun. We have started with the health workers and it will gradually come down to other people. I have written to the PM to request free vaccine for the lower-income group: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:05 PM IST

    Bhutan congratulates India on Covid-19 vaccine drive

    Bhutanese PM wished India on Covid-19 vaccine drive and said, "I would like to congratulate PM Narendra Modi and the people of India for the landmark launch of nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive today. We hope it comes as an answer to pacify all the sufferings we have endured this pandemic."

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:04 PM IST

    Covid-19 vaccine drive begins in Gujarat

    The Covid-19 vaccination drives begin at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad in presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel.

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:02 PM IST

    Minister Harsh Vardhan shows the vaccine at AIIMS Delhi

  • JAN 16, 2021 12:01 PM IST

    AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria takes the Covid-19 vaccine shot

    AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria takes the Covid-19 vaccine shot
    AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria takes the Covid-19 vaccine shot
  • JAN 16, 2021 11:49 AM IST

    At Mumbai hospital, health workers cheer as vaccines arrive

    Dozens of health workers clapped and cheered the "vaccine carrier" staff as the coronavirus vaccines doses reached Mumbai's Cooper hospital on Saturday morning.

    With 'arti' thalis and sweets, the staff of Cooper hospital waited outside the facility to welcome the first beneficiaries of the vaccination drive.

  • JAN 16, 2021 11:47 AM IST

    PM Modi cautions on rumours against two 'Made in India' vaccines

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday cautioned citizens and urged them not to be affected by propaganda against the two Made in India vaccines against coronavirus.

    Speaking at the launch of the nationwide vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus via video conferencing, PM Modi highlighted that the Indian vaccines are cheaper in comparison to the foreign ones.

  • JAN 16, 2021 11:46 AM IST

    Covid-19 vaccination drive begins in Delhi, healthcare workers get first shots

    The Covid-19 vaccination drive began in Delhi on Saturday with healthcare workers, who were at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, getting the first shots.

    Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers were vaccinated at AIIMS hospital.

    A doctor, a nurse and a sanitation worker will be given the shot later in the day in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at LNJP Hospital, sources had said on Friday.

  • JAN 16, 2021 11:25 AM IST

    First Covid-19 vaccine shot administered at AIIMS Delhi

    India's first coronavirus vaccine shot administered at AIIMS Delhi in presence of Union health minister Harsh Vardhan

  • JAN 16, 2021 11:10 AM IST

    India's vaccines enjoy global credibility because of their track record: PM Modi

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:58 AM IST

    Don't pay heed to rumours, propaganda: PM Modi

    Scientists gave nod to two made-in-India vaccines after being sure of their effects, don't pay heed to rumours, propaganda: PM Modi

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:48 AM IST

    'Never before in history': PM Modi lauds India's vaccination drive

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said such a vaccination drive at such a massive scale was never conducted in history.

    "There are over 100 countries which have less than 3 crore population and India is administering vaccination to 3 crore people in the first phase only. In second phase, we've to take this number to 30 crores," PM Modi said.

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:45 AM IST

    Don't make the mistake of taking off the mask, says PM Modi

    Addressing the nation, PM Modi said, "I request you not to make the mistake of taking off the mask and not maintaining social distancing after getting the first dose because immunity develops after the second dose"

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:44 AM IST

    Doctor volunteers to take first shot of Covid-19 vaccine at GTB hospital

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:39 AM IST

    PM Modi launches nationwide vaccination drive

    Launching the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country for millions, PM Modi said, "Everyone was asking as to when the vaccine will be available. It is available now. I congratulate all the countrymen on this occasion."

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:36 AM IST

    Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reaches AIIMS Delhi

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:31 AM IST

    PM Modi to launch nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive shortly

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    Health care workers reach Lok Nayak Hospital to get Covid-19 vaccine

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:26 AM IST

    Kerala set for mass vaccination drive: Health minister KK Shailaja

    State health minister KK Shailja on Saturday said Kerala is set for mass vaccination drive. The minister allayed fears surrounding the drug and asked people not to spread any rumors. People should not lower guard against Covid-19 thinking everything is over, Shailja said. Vaccines will get administered in 133 centers in the state.

  • JAN 16, 2021 10:23 AM IST

    Niti Aayog member VK Paul to get Covid-19 vaccine

  • JAN 16, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    India records 15,158 fresh infections, 175 new deaths

    India's Covid-19 caseload rose to 10,542,841 with 15,158 people testing positive for the infection in a day, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday.

    The country's death toll increased to 1,52,093 with 175 new fatalities.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:53 AM IST

    India tests 8,03,090 in the last 24 hours

    A total of 18,57,65,491 samples were tested for Covid-19, up to 15th January of which 8,03,090 samples were tested yesterday, according to the data shared by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:47 AM IST

    Mizoram reports 4 new Covid-19 cases

    izoram reported four new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Mizoram.

    The total count for Covid-19 cases in the state has jumped to 4,314 including 80 active cases.

    As per state government data, 4,225 people have been discharged in the state after recovering from the infection.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:09 AM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Covid-19 vaccination drive at 150 centres today

    Over 4.16 lakh health workers will be administered the Covid-19 vaccine from Saturday onwards in Madhya Pradesh, the state's health minister Dr Prabhuram Choudhary said.

    Vaccination will be conducted at 150 centers in the state as part of the countrywide inoculation drive that will be launched today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    "In the first week, 57,000 health workers will be vaccinated and 50,000 in the second week," Dr Choudhary said while speaking to ANI on Friday.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:08 AM IST

    Karnataka all set for Covid-19 vaccination rollout

    Six locations apart from Victoria Hospital in Karnataka's Bengaluru have been identified for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme scheduled on Saturday.

    Speaking to ANI, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Special Commissioner said that apart from Victoria Hospital, six other locations identified as a coronavirus vaccine centre.

  • JAN 16, 2021 08:07 AM IST

    Mega Covid-19 vaccination drive to begin in India today

    India begins today a nationwide vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 10:30 am via video conferencing.

    Billed as the world's largest vaccination program, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.

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