Tibet Sun Online News
ON THE WEB, 6 March 2021
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama received his first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine at Zonal Hospital in Dharamshala on Saturday morning.
Authorities had planned to administer the vaccine to the 85-year-old Dalai Lama at his residence in McLeod Ganj, but he preferred to take the injection at the hospital where common people are being inoculated.
After receiving the injection, he urged people to come forward to get vaccinated.
“In order to prevent some serious problems, this injection is very, very helpful,” he said.
According to an Associated Press report, doctors at the Zonal hospital observed the Dalai Lama for 30 minutes after giving the shot.
The core group of Dalai Lama’s staff consisting of ten people who live in the Dalai Lama’s residence were also vaccinated. They all received the Covishield vaccine, a vaccine developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca, manufactured in India by Serum Institute.
This was the first time that the Dalai Lama had come out of his residence after confining himself there due to the pandemic.
The Tsuglakhang Temple outside his residence has been out of bounds for the public since June last year, right after the lockdowns in India in March last year.
All his engagements have been online, including giving teachings and participating in virtual conferences.