New Delhi: It’s been more than 2 months since India kick-started COVID-19 vaccination drive with a motive to overcome the global pandemic – coronavirus, the worst pandemic to hit the world in 100 years. On January 16, the country launched COVID vaccine drive, which according to the government is the world’s largest vaccination programme. In the first phase of the drive, India inoculated healthcare and frontline workers and initiated the second phase of the vaccination drive on March 1, wherein the government started vaccinating people over 60 and people above the age of 45 with comorbidities. On April 1, the government started the third phase of the vaccination drive in which people above the age of 45 years are allowed to get the vaccine. According to the Health Ministry, more than 65 million doses have been given so far, mostly to frontline workers and people above the age of 60.
Many Bollywood actors who fall under the allowed category have got their vaccine shot. They have been sharing photos on their social media in bid to motivate people to get their vaccine shot when required and educate people that it is safe to get vaccinated.
Here’s the list of celebrities who have received their vaccine shot:
Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, who fought COVID-19 along with his family received his vaccine on April 1. He informed the netizens by posting a short message on his social media platforms. He said, “Got it done! My CoviD vaccination this afternoon..All well ..”
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Got it done !
My CoviD vaccination this afternoon ..
All well .. ????
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 1, 2021
Actor Sanjay Dutt received his COVID-19 vaccine shot few days ago in Mumbai, sharing glimpses of his experience on his twitter, the actor said,
Received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine today at the BKC vaccine center. I want to congratulate Dr. Dhere and his entire team for doing such a wonderful job! I have so much love & respect for them & their hard work. Jai Hind!
Received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine today at the BKC vaccine center.
I want to congratulate Dr. Dhere and his entire team for doing such a wonderful job! I have so much love & respect for them & their hard work. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/LcSNoAsf0G
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) March 23, 2021
55-year-old actor Salman Khan also took to Twitter to share the news of his vaccination. In a simple tweet message, he said, “Took my first dose of vaccine today….”
Took my first dose of vaccine today….
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) March 24, 2021
Actor Dharmendra Deol shared a video on his social media platform in which he is seen getting vaccinated. Along with the video he wrote,
It’s definitely not a show off…but to inspire you all…..Friends, please take care.
Tweet karte karte…. josh aa gaya …aur main nikal gaya….vaccination lene …. it’s definitely not a show off…but to inspire you all….. Friends, please take care ???? pic.twitter.com/gp4lQAZr1l
— Dharmendra Deol (@aapkadharam) March 19, 2021
Actor Neena Gupta also shared a video of herself getting vaccinated. She said, “COVID-19 vaccination done..”
On the other hand, Actor Gajraj Rao penned down a long note on how he was contemplating his decision of getting vaccinated and said,
In the three hours queuing up for my dose, I was still contemplating whether I should take it or not. Much overthinking later, when the syringe finally went in, it painlessly relieved me of my anxiety in a matter of seconds. Getting the vaccine today was possible all thanks to a rigid and adamant lifelong companion of mine – diabetes. I would like to thank all our medical professionals and the staff at @drlhhiranandanihospital not just for their service, but also for calmly facing these stressful times and dealing with irrational fears of people like us. Special thanks to Dr. Sujit Chatterjee, CEO of L H Hiranandani Hospital, for personally taking care of the senior citizens being vaccinated and going the extra mile to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience for the elderly.
Busting the myths of getting vaccinated against COVID, actor Shabana Azmi shared a small video on her social media telling netizens that she has got vaccinated. In a video message, she said,
Don’t believe in the myths, simply go and get yourself vaccinated. Take that jab now. I have taken mine.
She further said that eligible people can register now for vaccinations against the #covid19 virus on cowin.gov.in. She added, “When you will register, you will get to know how simple of the process this is.”
Actor Anupam Kher shared a series of videos and photos with netizens while getting his first vaccination shot. He said,
Got my #COVID19 first dose vaccination!! Thank you all the doctors, medical staff, scientist and Govt. Of India for making it possible. India Rocks. Jai Ho!
He also recorded a video in which the doctor is seen giving Mr Kher instructions of the do’s and don’ts after getting the COVID vaccine. In the video the doctor said, “Do not rub, do not massage, if needed, just apply some ice at the place where injection is given.”
Actor Tusshar Kapoor shared a photo on his social media of his parents Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor as they received their COVID-19 vaccine. The actor captioned the photo, “Finally vaccinated, go corona go. Let us all get vaccinated.”
The recent from the lot is filmmaker Rohit Shetty, who got vaccinated today as the government opened the vaccination drive for people above the age of 45-years. Sharing pictures on his social media, he said,
Action and stunts are for movies, don’t try to be a khatron ke khiladi in real life, get vaccinated. It is the only way to fight COVID. Got myself vaccinated today. Thanks to the staff of Nanavati hospital, the procedure was very well organised.
Actor Malaika Arora also joined the list of Bollywood celebrities who have got vaccinated against coronavirus. The actor took her first dose of COVID vaccine on April 1 in Mumbai as government allowed vaccination for people above 45 years. Posting a picture of herself getting vaccinated, she said,
I took the first dose of the COVID vaccine. Because #wereinthistogether ! Lets go warriors, let’s win this #WarAgainstVirus. Don’t forget to take yours soon and a special mention to our amazing frontline workers, who were so caring and vigilant and also went about doing everything with a smile. THANK YOU and yes I am eligible to take the vaccine.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.