Kohli and other Indian cricketers receive first dose of Covid-19 vaccine
Indian cricketers Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Shikha Pandey have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
Indian government made the above aged 18 people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine from May 1.
Kohli posted a photo of himself on Instagram in front of their vaccination centre and wrote: “Vaccinate as soon as you can please. Stay safe.” Ishant and his wife Pratima also uploaded their selfies and wrote: “Thankful for this and grateful for all the essential workers. Happy to see the smooth running of the facility & management. Let’s all get vaccinated at the earliest.”
Last month, in a chat with ESPNCricinfo, ICC’s biosecurity head, Dave Musker had urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “All the vaccines have a wide spread of efficacy against various mutations, but all of them do offer significant mitigation, in that you are unlikely to get very sick if you are vaccinated, regardless of mutations and variants,” he said.
“At some point there will be a phenomenon called ‘vaccine escape’ – the virus will mutate to a position where the current crop of vaccines will have limited impact upon transmission or effectiveness. That will happen, but that’s why you are seeing so much about second-generation vaccination.”
The Indian men’s and women’s teams will leave for England on June 2 via a charter flight. India men’s team are scheduled complete a three and a half-month tour including five-match Test series against England and ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.