Dalai Lama given first coronavirus vaccine dose – as he urges others to be brave and get vaccinated
The spiritual leader was given the injection at a hospital in northern India alongside 10 other people living at his residence.
After being given a jab at the Zonal Hospital in north India, the 85-year-old spiritual leader urged others to be brave and get vaccinated.
The Dalai Lama was observed for 30 minutes afterwards, according to GD Gupta, a doctor from the hospital.
“He himself offered to come to the hospital like a common man to get himself vaccinated,” Dr Gupta said, adding the appointment had been arranged in the morning for security reasons.
Ten other people who live in the Dalai Lama’s residence were also vaccinated.
Each of them received the Covishield vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
Born in Tibet, the Dalai Lama has been living in India as a refugee since 1959 after fleeing his country following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
He then led a Tibetan government-in-exile – which has not been recognised by China – from the Indian town of Dharmsala.