New Delhi: Manish Kumar (34) was oozing with confidence and satisfaction, which he had not experienced before, after taking the first jab of Covaxin at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here, becoming the first person in the country to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
Kumar, who has been working as a sanitation worker at AIIMS for the past eight years, put up a bold face to those who are spreading misinformation about the ill-effects of the Covid-19 vaccines.
“I am feeling very happy after taking the vaccine shot. I have not felt any adverse reaction. Whatever fears people have for this vaccine, there is nothing of that sort,” Kumar told mediapersons.
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive virtually at 10.30 am on Saturday, Kumar was administered the first dose in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, and Niti Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul, who heads a government panel on vaccine strategy.
After Kumar, healthcare worker Dhawal Dwivedi was the second person to receive the shot, followed by Guleria and Paul.
Brimming with joy after taking the first shot, Kumar said that if there were some harmful effects associated with the vaccine, he would not have remained immune to them.
“I would like to tell everybody that there is no danger in taking this vaccine. After taking the shot, I have not felt any allergic reaction. There is no pain in the arm, and I am not feeling giddy either,” he added.
Kumar said that he was ecstatic, after AIIMS approved him to take the first jab of Covaxin. “I had no feeling of danger or any ill-feeling regarding the safety of the vaccine, before I took the vaccine. I had volunteered for the jab”, he added.
Kumar insisted that he had no doubts regarding the safety of the vaccine and everyone must get inoculated.
“My mother was worried when I decided to take the vaccine, but I told her there is nothing to worry,” he said, adding that he had come across many people expressing fear over the vaccine, which prompted him to volunteer for the first jab.