89-year-old couple; 4 family members who survived Covid-19 to get jabs

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The second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive began, with JAB given to citizens aged 60 and above, and those in the bracket aged 45-59 with comorbidity.

Senior citizens getting vaccinated against Covid-19 at sector 30 district hospital, in Noida, India.(Sunil Ghosh/ HT Photo)
Senior citizens getting vaccinated against Covid-19 at sector 30 district hospital, in Noida, India.(Sunil Ghosh/ HT Photo)

The old couple, both will soon be 90, and four members of the elderly family who survived from Covid-19 are among senior residents who have been vaccinated in Delhi on Monday.

The four people, all aged between 60-70 years who have succeeded in against Coronavirus infection last November, including a man and his wife, his brother and his partner.

The second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive began, with JAB given to citizens aged 60 and above, and those in the bracket aged 45-59 with comorbidity.

Chander Sain Sain Malhotra, 89, a tall man, came to the vaccination site at the National Heart Institute (NHI) in Southeast Delhi, accompanied by his wife, also 89, and his son and daughter-in-law.

Processing a bright blue shirt, he got his blood pressure measured at the starting point of the vaccination center, located on the third floor of the Annexe building facility, and moved to formalities, before waiting for his turn to get Jab.

His wife, Santosh Malhotra, was taken to the center in a wheelchair, with his son and son-in-law on their side.

“He suffered joint pain in his legs, but we wanted to be vaccinated. And, so the fourth of us came for it,” said Son Rakesh Malhotra, a 63-year-old businessman.

Residents of Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi, Malhotras really wanted to be vaccinated. However, his blood pressure showed a little more than the normal level, so he waited in the corridor, while his wife and parents were queuing for their round to receive the Covishield vaccine.

“My father retired as a senior officer of Air India and still had the keenness to walk fast in the morning, which he stopped now because of Covid,” said Rakesh Malhotra told PTI.

He said his father who was born in 1932 had migrated to India from Pakistan after the partition.

“He survived it and we all had been safe from the distant Covidso. And, vaccination would further help now. Our PM today was led from the front and got his own shot. It will motivate others to vaccinate,” said the son.

Among other family members who appeared in a group of four to get Jab is Sharma and Herhels, the four victims of Covid.

Chader Mohan Sharma, 65, and Kavita Sharma’s wife, 64 came with her brother Madhusudan Sahel and the couple Rita Sahel at the NHI vaccination center.

Sharma, who retired from the work of the central government, said he and his wife had contracted infection in November and other family members were also influenced.

“Even some small children have Covid-19, and Touchwood, we all survived. We hope the vaccine shot will further increase our immunity,” said Kavita Sharma.

Health Minister Delhi Satyendar Jain on Monday said 308 centers had been formed in 192 facilities throughout the city for this vaccination phase.

Vaccines are free for free in government hospitals and health centers, while up to ₹ 250 per dosage charged to private health facilities, including NHI.

Another couple, Anil Chawla and Sunita Chawla, who came together to get a shot, smile again from the center.

“My daughter and my daughter-in-law are doctors. He just did all co-win registrations for both of us,” said Anil Chawla.

Asked to compare the pandemic period that went berserk last year and drives the current vaccination, Sunita Chawla said, “It’s like black and white, darkness and hope, and expectations are very important in life to survive”.

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