India: 125-year-old Swami Shivanand takes COVID-19 vaccine in Varanasi

Varanasi: Setting aside all vaccine hesitancy talks, a 125-year-old man had got himself inoculated against COVID-19 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

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The man Swami Shivanand reached a vaccine centre in Durga Kund on Wednesday and left the medical staff stunned into silence when he presented his Aadhaar card.

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His date of birth on the Aadhar card is mentioned as August 8, 1896, which makes him 125-year-old.

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The medical staff showed some hesitancy but Shivanand had none. He insisted on getting the jab and finally got one.

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A resident of Kabir Nagar colony in Bhelupur area, Shivanand had reached the vaccine centre alone to get the jab.

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He waited for the mandatory half hour at the centre and the went home.

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Shivanand told reporters that the reason for his longevity is ‘simple food and regular life’.

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“I wake up at 3 am and go to the Ganga River for a bath. Then I do Yoga. I eat very simple food with little or no oil and spices. I come from a very poor family and till date, I never had a full diet. I eat only half of my appetite. It keeps reminding me of my humble background,” he said.

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Shivanand does all his work on his own and does not take help from any family member.

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He is now looking forward to taking the second dose of the vaccine next month.

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