Kolkata: Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday, received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – Covaxin – at ICMR- National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED). Hakim is the first one who participated in Kolkata.
“I feel proud that I have received the indigenous vaccine. I am an Indian and it’s of paramount importance for me as I receive a vaccine that has been developed by Bharat Biotech. There is no chance of deterioration of health. Even if I die, it does not matter. Many others will get the benefits,” Hakim expressed his belief after receiving a shot.
He received the first dose of Covaxin on December 2.
The National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) was one of the institutes selected to conduct the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation-approved trials.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar started the trial and also shown a keen interest in volunteering but due to medical problems, he could not participate.
“The volunteer’s health parameters would be monitored over the next two weeks and he has to undergo some tests”, said a NICED official.
According to the NICED officials, over 500 volunteers received Covaxin at the institute so far and there has been an immense response among other youths. The outcome of the Phase 3 trial of Covaxin will be accessible in November 2021.