Tripura, Jan 16: A 30-year-old doctor, Mridul Das became the first person to get the Covid19 vaccine in Tripura shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s launched the nation-wide vaccination drive against the disease on Saturday.

The drive is going on at Gandhigram Primary Health Center, vaccination centre, West District, Tripura.

I was a bit tense before the vaccination. But now I am feeling good. I will get the second dose after 28 days. People can trust the vaccine,” said Das after spending half-an-hour under observation as per the vaccination protocol.

Das said dealing with the pandemic has been the most challenging task in his eight-year career. “We remember our struggle during those initial Covid-19 pandemic days. We were clueless as to how to control the situation.”

Tripura has received the first batch of 56,500 Covid19 vaccine doses and beneficiaries are enlisted for the vaccination at 17 centres across the state.

The state has recorded 33,325 Covid-19 cases and 388 fatalities.

After a year since the coronavirus pandemic began, claiming over 1.5 lakh lives in India, the moment we have all been waiting for is almost here. India began its massive COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday.

Over the week, 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech were shipped out to all states and the COVID-19 warriors – healthcare workers, essential workers are set to receive the first jab of the vaccine.

The cost of the vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers will be borne by the Indian government. The vaccines have been allotted to respective states and union territories based on the health workers’ data.

On January 3, the two vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin, was approved for emergency use.