KARACHI: As Pakistan enters the third wave of COVID-19, some percentage of the population has also been receiving the vaccine for the virus. With healthcare workers given priority for the vaccine, adults over the age of 60 years have also made it to the list. However, Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema and actor Iffat Omar clearly do not fit under any of these categories. Yet, a clip of the two along with a few other family members of Cheema receiving the vaccine at a house recently made rounds on social media. Pakistanis were quick to notice that the individuals jumped the queue and got the vaccine out of turn. Their privilege was also called out for receiving the shot at the comfort of their home while Pakistan is yet to receive enough vaccines to cater to everyone in the country.
Soon after, Tariq Bashir Cheema and Iffat Omar stated that the vaccine was in fact a trial sent by the University of Health Sciences. Apparently, the same team had visited their house earlier for the first shot of the trial booster and no political influence or privilege had been exploited on the occasion. However, Twitter still does not seem convinced.
Some users even came at the actor with facts regarding the trial vaccine and how it is supposed to work.
Iffat Omar has also been called out for her hypocrisy since she has spoken against an inefficient legal system and government earlier but has now allegedly broken the law herself.
Twitter has also been pointing out the risk that those getting the vaccine out of turn are posing to the ones who are eligible to get it at the moment.