Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that vaccination drive is proceeding smoothly in India despite a large population of over 135 crore and heterogeneous character of the country. In an exclusive to a news channel, Dr Singh said India was the quickest to administer 100 million doses of vaccine and fastest to begin vaccinating those above the age of 18. He said, instead of politicising the issue, everyone should collaborate to make India’s vaccination drive a mass movement.
The Minister also said the initial hesitancy or apprehension about taking the vaccine has been overcome. He pointed out that in every part of the country today, all the eligible age groups are turning out in huge numbers for inoculation. He said the second wave of the pandemic has further reiterated the need to receive vaccines for all eligible persons.