"Initially it was proposed that MLAs and MLCs be given the jabs at the Vidhan Sabha premises itself. But, since better logistics are available here, they will be requested to take the shots here", Kumar said.
He also underscored the fact that the vaccines were manufactured "within the country" and were in great demand abroad because of their high quality.
Later, talking to reporters, he said in reply to queries "all citizens over 60 years of age or those younger but with comorbidities shall be accorded priority. Vaccines will be provided free of cost to all.
"The state will bear the expenses, in case of those who get the jabs at any of the designated private hospitals".
Free vaccination for COVID-19 was one of the promises made by the ruling NDA during the recent elections and a proposal to the effect received the cabinet nod upon formation of the new government in November last year.
Kumar, who took the first dose of vaccine on his birthday, said on the advise of doctors he will take the mandatory second dose on March 31.
"I was under the impression that second dose needs to be taken exactly after 28 days of the first one, but doctors said it can be taken any time after completion of 28 days and fixed March 31 for the second round of vaccination for me," he said.
Asked how he felt after receiving the jab, the chief minister said, "I am returning with good health as I had come."
Deputy Chief Ministers-Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi- besides senior ministers like Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and Bijendra Prasad Yadav also received the first dose of vaccine at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in the state capital.
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.
As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.
Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.