Panchkula, January 16
A 40-year-old sanitation worker was given the first Covid-19 vaccine at the Civil Dispensary in Sector 4 here as Panchkula began its mass vaccination drive at three centres today. She was the first beneficiary from the district as well as the state to get the jab.
The worker identified as, Saroj Bala, who has been working at the same dispensary for the past 20 years, received a Covishield jab.
While interacting with mediapersons Saroj said she was feeling fine after getting vaccinated. She was subsequently kept at the observation room for 30 minutes to watch for any side-effects of the vaccine.
Though her 17-year-old daughter had shown concern about the vaccine last evening, confident Saroj went ahead and got inoculated.
“Everyone should get vaccinated,” said Saroj, who lives in Haripur village.
“I had never faced the camera before. So, it was a bit challenging to express my feelings,” Saroj added.
Saroj was inoculated in presence of state health officials, Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, DCP Mohit Kumar Handa and CMO Dr Jasjeet Kaur.
The sanitation worker has been on active Covid duty since March last year.
Similarly, Dr Achint Narang was first to get vaccinated at Alchemist Hospital and Babita at the CHC, Raipur Rani. — TNS
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