Manu Bhaker takes her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine ahead of Tokyo Olympics


Manu Bhaker takes her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Manu Bhaker

Indian shooter Manu Bhaker on Tuesday got her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a government hospital in Jhajjar, Haryana. Bhaker who is just 19 years old, got the first shot of Covishield vaccine three months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, starting July 23.

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Manu Bhaker is also a gold-medallist at the ISSF World Cup, Youth Olympics and Commonwealth Games and upon taking the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, she also urged fellow Indians to take the vaccine.

It is noteworthy that all Olympic-bound athletes are being prioritized for vaccination ahead of the Olympics. Further, to stem the Covid-19 surge, the government had also announced vaccines for people above 18 years of age from May 1.

Along with my mother and father, today I have come to CHC Dhakla to get my first COVID-19 vaccine jab,” Bhaker said in a video she posted on Twitter. Bhaker, also urged fellow Indians to get vaccinated as the country fights a second wave of the pandemic.

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“I appeal to everyone in the country to religiously maintain Covid protocols, including maintaining social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitising and wearing masks,” she added.

Please get yourself vaccinated, avoid crowded places in the markets and keep following the health department guidelines from time to time,” Bhaker further said.

Bhaker is selected for three events in the Tokyo Olympics

Manu Bhaker

Bhaker is selected for three events in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8. She will be fielded in both the women’s 25m pistol alongside the experienced Rahi Sarnobat, and in her pet 10m air pistol event with Yashaswini Singh Deswal. Bhaker will also represent India in the mixed team 10m pistol along with Saurabh Chaudhary.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) had announced a 15-member shooting contingent for the Tokyo Games earlier this month. To deal with the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, the national body has also named two reserves in each discipline, where shooters have won quotas for the games.

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