New Delhi: Tibetian spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who had self-quaratined himself at his home since the outbreak of pandmic took his COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday.
The spiritual leader stepped out of his Mcleod Ganj residence after a year to take the jab. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 85, was given the shot at Zonal Hospital, Dharamshala, early in the morning at 7:10 am. He was kept under observation for about half an hour post vaccination.
Known for his eternal values, the spiritual leader turned down offer to get vaccine jab at his home and chose to go the authorised dispensary.
Earlier, the district health authorities had planned to vaccinate the Dalai Lama at his home after the Indian government permitted provisions to inoculate the spiritual leader along with his core staff at his residence.
“However, His Holiness said he would take the injection at the place where the common people were being inoculated,” said Kangra deputy commissioner Rakesh Kumar Prajapati.
Dalai Lama appealed the people to take the vaccination. He said, “In order to prevent serious problems, this injection is very helpful and good. Other patients also should also take this injection for greater benefit. I just took it and more people should have the courage to take this injection”.