First Indian-origin Miss England and frontline National Health Service (NHS) doctor Bhasha Mukherjee has received her first of the two COVID-19 jabs and endorsed the safety of the vaccines being rolled out among those most at risk from coronavirus.
The 25-year-old beauty queen and a medical professional has been working on the COVID frontlines at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire and Royal Derby Hospital in eastern England ever since she flew back from a humanitarian tour of India at the peak of the pandemic in April 2020.
As a healthcare ambassador for the British Indian community, the junior doctor has been active in spreading safety messages among ethnic minority groups which have been acknowledged as being at a higher risk from the deadly virus.
“It’s good to know I’m protected and I’m sure my colleagues feel the same,” said Mukherjee.
“I’m thankful as being BAME [black, Asian, minority ethnic], I’m in a high-risk group. I feel so grateful to be in the position to have received the vaccine when millions are in the waiting line across the globe. My prayers are with everyone who’s waiting patiently at home, including my own family members who I hope will get their vaccines soon too,” she said.
In reference to no adverse side effects from the jab, she added: “After a few hours, I even did a Zoom home workout and press-ups, all to celebrate.”
Under the NHS accelerated vaccination program, the Pfizer/Biontech and Astrazenec