India, March 1 -- As the government opened up vaccination to the general public today in phase 2 of its Covid vaccination drive, Hindustan Times' Sunetra Choudhury spoke to the man who is responsible for the system of registration. National Health Authority (NHA) chairperson RS Sharma, who oversaw the Aadhaar drive, told HT that the government expects vaccination to scale up from the current 800,000 per day to at least 2.7 million daily in this phase. Edited excerpts:

The Prime Minister got his jab this morning. What kind of an impact will it have?

It's the most positive message to everybody, especially those who were doubting the vaccine, feared that it will have side effects. The PM taking the jab is a very, very powerful message. He ...