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On Sunday During his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the state governments to ensure free vaccination programme reaches as many people as possible. He also assured that the Central government’s free vaccination drive will continue in the future as well.

He also asked the people of the country not to fall prey to any rumour regarding the vaccine and understand that the Centre has sent free vaccine to all state governments.

PM Modi expressed condolences to the people who have lost their loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that after successfully dealing with the first wave of COVID-19, the nation was confidently moving ahead but the second wave has shaken the country once again.

“After successfully tackling the first wave of COVID19, the country’s morale was high but this storm has shaken the country. To tackle this wave of COVID, I have held meetings with experts from many fields like pharma industry, oxygen production, etc,” he added.

He continued saying, “The government of India is dedicated to taking forward the efforts of the state governments to tackle the current COVID19 situation.”

Highlighting the efforts of the healthcare workers, the Prime Minister said, “Our health workers and doctors are currently fighting a major battle against COVID19. In the past one year, they have had several kinds of experiences about the pandemic.”

PM Modi then appealed to the people to seek information on coronavirus through reliable sources only and not fall prey to any rumour about the vaccine.

He then added, “You all must be aware that Govt of India has sent free vaccine to all State Govts. All people above 45 years of age can benefit from this. From May 1, vaccines will be available for every person above 18 years of age.”

The Prime Minister concluded his address by saying inviting the country’s corporate sector to participate in vaccine drive by getting their employees vaccinated.

“Govt of India’s free vaccination program will continue in future too. I request states to ensure benefits of this free vaccination program reaches as many people as possible,” he asserted.