Amid the world’s largest vaccination drive taking place in India, a 103-year-old Karnataka resident has become the country’s oldest female to be inoculated on Tuesday. J Kameshwari is now India’s oldest woman to have been administered the coronavirus vaccine, Apollo Hospitals in Bannerghata where she received the first dose said.
Healthcare workers at the hospital said the 103-year-old has not had any side-effects to the vaccine dose so far and she was also accompanied by her 77-year-old son who also got the vaccine dose, reports said.
With older citizens being more vulnerable to the deadly virus, the government has prioritized them in getting vaccinated. Also, currently those in the age group of 45 to 59 and having comorbidities are also getting vaccinated.
Karnataka | 103-years-old J.Kameshwari received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today. She is the oldest woman in India to have received the COVID19 vaccine as per available data, says Apollo Hospitals, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/X4EYxyjjYo— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2021
On Tuesday, a 103-year-old Noida resident was also administered the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the oldest person yet in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district to have got inoculated against the deadly coronavirus. Mahabir Prasad Maheshwari was accompanied by seven senior citizen members of his family who took the vaccine too at a private hospital.
Up until now, Mumbai’s Shashikala Joshi was the oldest woman to get vaccinated. A resident of Churchgate in Mumbai, she received her first dose of the vaccine at Cama and Albless Hospital. Her 75-year-old daughter also took the dose alongside her.