Indian Shooter Manu Bhaker received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday at a government hospital in Jhajjar, Haryana.
This has happened just three months before the star shooter will be seen playing at the Tokyo Olympics. The 19-year-old sportswoman was administered the Covishield vaccine at the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Dhakla village. "Along with my mother and father, today I have come to CHC Dhakla to get my first COVID-19 vaccine jab," Manu Bhaker said in a video.
Covishield first shot🙌 pic.twitter.com/5ORvwQCBwQ— Manu Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) April 27, 2021
All the Olympic-bound sportspeople are now being given priority for the COVID-19 vaccination, and age is not a factor.
Manu Bhaker urges people to get themselves vaccinated
Manu Bhaker who is a gold-medallist at the ISSF World Cup, Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games has urged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as the country struggles against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I appeal to everyone in the country to religiously maintain COVID protocols, including maintaining social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitising and wearing masks. Please get yourself vaccinated, avoid crowded places in the markets and keep following the health department guidelines from time to time," said Manu Bhaker.
Meanwhile, Bhaker has been selected for three events for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics which is scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8. She will be fielded in the women's 25m pistol event alongside Rahi Sarnobat and in the pet 10m air pistol event with Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Besides this Manu Bhaker will also be representing India in the mixed team 10m pistol event with Saurabh Chaudhary.
Earlier, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) had made an announcement for a 15-member shooting contingent for the Tokyo Olympics.
The coaches of the shooting team including Smaresh Jung, Suma Shirur and Deepali Deshpande have already got vaccinated. Anjum Moudgil, another shooter got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.