Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 16
Chandigarh successfully launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday with 374 beneficiaries getting inoculated on Day 1.
At GMSH-16, 100 beneficiaries got the vaccine shot, while 70 people were vaccinated Civil Hospital in Sector 45. Forty-five beneficiaries received the vaccination at GMCH-32 site 1 and 50 others were given the vaccine dose at GMCH-32 site 1.
At PGIMER, 109 beneficiaries were immunized.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the vaccination drive at 10.30 am following which the vaccination sessions were started at the five centers across the city.
Arun, a safai karamchari at GMCH-16, who was working at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 all these months, got the first jab.
Director Health Services Amandeep Kang, Medical Superintendent, senior doctors, and IMA present and past presidents were among the 100 who got themselves vaccinated at GMSH-16.
The vaccination drive went off without any major adverse event at all the session sites, said the authorities concerned.
There were three minor episodes which settled of their own and no active intervention was needed, they said adding that all the beneficiaries left the session sites in good health after observation period of 30 minutes.
Arun, meanwhile, said he was feeling good and had no worry before being administered the shot.
“There’s no anxiety, rather I am feeling good,” said the 20-year-old, who was also given a bouquet of flowers.
Arun, whose mother came to meet him when he was vaccinated, said he was told that he was the first one to get the vaccine in the Union Territory.
Around 500 healthcare workers will be vaccinated on the first day of the drive, they said.
A doctor working at the PGIMER who also received the shot said he was happy that the vaccine had finally come and would be administered to all healthcare and frontline workers.
On apprehensions about side effects, the doctor asserted that there was “no such worry” as the vaccine had been developed in a scientific way.
The city has received 12,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and health authorities provided 1,000 doses to the PGIMER. (With PTI inputs)