A day after India opened up vaccination for those over 60 years and within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified co-morbidities, more politicians took the vaccine jabs on Tuesday, including Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who, along with his wife, took the first dose of indigenously developed Covaxin at the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute.
Others included Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, G Kishan Reddy and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan.
IMAGE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gets the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine during the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination at RR Hospital in New Delhi. Dispelling apprehensions, he said the vaccine is completely safe. "The first dosage of COVID-19 vaccine was administered to me at RR Hospital today. India's resolve for making the country COVID-free has been strengthened by this inoculation drive. The vaccine is completely safe and hassle free. #LargestVaccineDrive," the minister said. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: A medic administers the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan as his wife Nutan Goel looks on, during the second phase of a countrywide inoculation drive, at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute in New Delhi, on Tuesday. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo
IMAGE: Union Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in Patna, on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo
IMAGE: A medic administers the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, at Dalmiya Hospital in Rampur, on Tuesday. Photograph: Handout by minority affairs ministry via PTI Photo
IMAGE: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah takes a shot of COVID-19 vaccine at SKIMS, Srinagar. Photograph: Kind courtesy @OmarAbdullah/Twitter
IMAGE: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan being administered with the COVID-19 vaccine at Sri Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai. Photograph: Kind courtesy @ikamalhaasan/Twitter
IMAGE: Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy takes his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad. Photograph: ANI
IMAGE: Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the government medical college hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. Photograph: Press Information Bureau