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'Don't wait for disaster': Shehzad Roy urges people to get vaccinated against Covid

'Don't wait for disaster': Shehzad Roy urges people to get vaccinated against Covid

The singer said we don't want Pakistan to become the last country on the map with Covid, like it has with polio.
02 Oct, 2021

Singer Shehzad Roy took to Instagram to relay the dire consequences of not getting vaccinated on time. He shared a story of a man who decided to get the jab only after tragedy struck.

The singer, alongside actor Mahira Khan, has joined hands with the US Consulate in Karachi in an effort to promote Covid-19 vaccinations in Pakistan. Roy took to Instagram to share an anecdote about a man he encountered while campaigning to promote vaccines at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

"I met a person outside the JPMC Hall as Mahira Khan and I were invited by the US Consulate to promote [Covid-19] vaccinations," he wrote. "The person told me that he was strictly against it, but when a close family member died who was not vaccinated and his friend only got a mild disease after being vaccinated, he decided to get himself vaccinated as soon as possible."

For Roy, the man's tragic loss served as a valuable lesson for the rest of us. "Don't wait for a disaster," the singer implored. "We don't want Pakistan to be the last country on the map with Covid like polio."

Covid-19 vaccines help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get the disease. They also protect the people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19. However, despite the benefits, Pakistan has one of the lowest Covid vaccination rates in the world. Vaccine hesitancy, lack of awareness and conspiracy theories about the vaccines all contribute to the low vaccination rate.

Many celebrities, including Roy, have urged their followers to get vaccinated in order to lessen the severity of illness if one does test positive for Covid-19. Actor Ushna Shah, who previously tested positive for Covid-19, shared her experience as well. "I am a relatively healthy person with a strong immune system but the bug got through, and the symptoms are extremely unpleasant. I shudder to think what would have happened had I not been vaccinated," she had said. Shah urged everyone to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves as much as possible.

Take Roy's word for it — it is better to get vaccinated as soon as possible before "disaster" strikes. Your prompt decision will ensure the safety of both yourself and your loved ones!

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AZAM AKBAR Oct 02, 2021 02:01pm
Does Mr. Shehzad Roy know the side effects of vaccines / vaccinations? Does he know that the protests against vaccines / vaccinations and lockdown are increasing day by day throughout the world?
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 02, 2021 02:31pm
Better safe than sorry amid the rapidly expanding, fastly growing, ever increasing and almost unstoppable Indian-Delta variant of Covid-19, spreading like wild-fires in every nook and corner of the world and causing wide-spread inflections, deaths, devastations and destructions in all countries of the world including but not limited to the U.S., Canada, South America, E.U., Scandinavia, Africa, Central and South Asia, Far, Near and Middle East, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
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Rahat Oct 02, 2021 03:49pm
@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad How about Chinese Wuhan COVID 19? Why be tongue tied
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Asif Oct 02, 2021 03:54pm
@Mr Azam, are you a doctor? If not, you must be ignorant then? Do you know the travel restriction coming up because of non vaccination? Do you even know about Covid at all?
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Zak Oct 02, 2021 06:04pm
Good advice.
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Zak Oct 02, 2021 06:04pm
It's the indian virus that has devasted the world and indians are roaming around unchecked.
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Zak Oct 02, 2021 06:05pm
@AZAM AKBAR Thank the 'indian virus', Indias contribution to the world.
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Fazal Karim Oct 02, 2021 07:29pm
@AZAM AKBAR You mention side effects, There are side effects of most of medicines, this does not mean you stop taking medicines. People realize it when some one in family gets coved and pass away. Recently an old lady although vaccinated passed away because of getting coved from her daughter who was nursing her. Daughter although lived with mother did not get vaccination , she had views similar to yours. If you dont care for yourself think of others close to you.
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ambreen Oct 03, 2021 03:09am
@AZAM AKBAR What option do you have then? Many people in the world are protesting but then many are getting the shot to curb it. Ah when will we learn? Polio is still only in Pakistan bec many refuse to get the vaccine/drops.
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pa99 Oct 03, 2021 05:33am
Sensible advice. If you are not vaccinated there should be restrictions on travel, attending sports, dining out, etc etc.
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Imran A. Oct 03, 2021 06:21am
Does Shehzad Roy know that if you get vaccinated, you will still get Covid and you could still die from the Covid and it's no better protection from the virus. However, if you get the vaccine, you could have side effects and possibly also die.
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ravin Oct 03, 2021 09:33am
When vaccines are not helping against Virus why take it? Whole world is demanding all the vaccinated wear masks, is there any logic to this? The vaccines efficacy is hotly contested. Poor countries like India, Pakistan are better off using Ivermectin which is helping a lot of people. I say get vaccinated if you want, but respect my decision not to.
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AH Oct 03, 2021 11:33am
People have a right to say no to these vaccinations. Why are they being forced and threatened to accept. Everybody needs to protest.
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Hafeez Shaikh Oct 03, 2021 03:41pm
@Rahat No idea what you are trying to convey!!!
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Hafeez Shaikh Oct 03, 2021 03:43pm
@Imran A. Little knowledge is too dangerous!!! Can’t say more!!
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A Alam Oct 04, 2021 12:25am
Yaar, you better use some other medium to reach the folks for this mesage. I suspect most of those aren't on these forums. Good luck.
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