Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 7
Actor Sonu Sood on Wednesday took the vaccine for Covid-19 prevention at a hospital in Amritsar, Punjab.
He was in Amritsar to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple before launching the ‘Sanjeevani – A Shot of Life’, an initiative to encourage people to get vaccinated and raise awareness as ‘no one is safe, unless everyone is safe’.
Sonu is the brand ambassador of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign which kickstarted on Wednesday on the occasion of World Health Day.
“After seeking blessings of the Almighty at the Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple), we have to start this drive. I have performed ‘ardas’ for the well being of all,” he said.
A first of its kind initiative on increasing awareness about Covid-19 vaccination was organised by Federal Bank in the presence of Sonu Sood and Rakesh Asthana, DG of BSF at the Attari border, amid a salutation ceremony by the Jawans.
Sanjeevani Ki Gaadi was flagged off in the presence of Shyam Srinivasan, CEO of Federal Bank, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu and Amritsar DC Gurpreet Singh Khaira.
The ‘Sanjeevani Gaadi’ will travel across the country spreading information about the Covid-19 vaccine across 5 key districts, starting from Amritsar then covering Indore, Nashik, Guntur and Dakshin Kannada.
“There was a need to remove the hesitancy among the people who are thinking whether they should get inoculated or not. The largest vaccination drive in the country against the pandemic was started today. I appeal all to get administered this vaccine at the earliest without fail, so that we may conquer this deadly disease soon and stay healthy. Always put on a mask before leaving the homes, maintain social distancing and always make sure to sanitise the hands,” he said.
He said that the Punjabi brethren have extended a helping hand during the dismal situation arising out of Covid and he was proud to be a Punjabi.
The initiative comes as India began its third phase of Covid vaccination in the country making the vaccine freely available to those above the age of 45 years. The government plans to gradually bring in beneficiaries from other age groups in what is known as the world’s biggest inoculation against Covid-19.–WITH IANS