While cautioning people that the threat of COVID-19 remains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged them to shed vaccine hesitancy and get themselves inoculated soon.
In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast, PM Modi hailed the feat of most vaccination doses administered in a single day on June 21 at the start of the new phase of inoculation under which all adults are being given free jabs.
"The battle we the countrymen are fighting against COVID-19 is continuing, but in this fight, together, we've achieved many an extraordinary milestone! Just a few days ago, our country accomplished an unprecedented feat. On June 21, when the new phase of vaccine drive began, more than 86 lakh people made a record of receiving free vaccines doses in a day," he said.
He also urged people to shun vaccine hesitancy. PM Modi spoke to two villagers of Dulariya village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh who informed about vaccine hesitancy being spread in their village through social media.
He told them to take the COVID-19 vaccine amidst their doubts. PM Modi said, ""I have taken both doses. My mother is almost a hundred years old, she has taken both vaccines too. Please do not believe any negative rumours relating to vaccines."
PM Modi also asked citizens not to believe in rumours about COVID-19 vaccine. "I have taken both doses. My mother is almost a hundred years old, she has taken both vaccines too. Please do not believe any negative rumours relating to vaccines," he said.
"Those who are spreading rumours on vaccines, let them be. We all will do our work and ensure people around us get vaccinated. The threat of Covid-19 remains and we have to focus on vaccination as well as follow Covid-19 protocols," PM Modi added.
The Prime Minister said the threat of COVID-19 remains and people have to focus on vaccination as well as following coronavirus protocols.
"I urge you all to trust science. Trust our scientists. So many people have taken the vaccine. Let us never believe in negative rumours relating to the vaccine," he added.
He further praised the awareness and intelligence of people living in villages during COVID-19 and said, "People in the villages made quarantine centres, and made covid protocols keeping in mind the ground level requirements. In villages, people did not let anyone sleep hungry and didn't let the agriculture work stop either. They also ensured supply of milk and vegetables in nearby villages, they not only sustained themselves but sustained others too."
(With inputs from ANI)