Pakistani actress Iffat Omar received backlash on Monday after a video of her getting vaccinated at home against COVID-19 went viral. It is being alleged that the actress took advantage of her connections with the family of a federal minister to get the vaccine.
The actress allegedly got vaccinated against coronavirus along with the family of Federal Minister Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema at his residence. Chaudhry heads the Federal Ministry of Housing and Works.
The claim of Minister and Iffat Omar is wrong. Why did Nawal Tariq Cheema delete her insta account if the video was of trials? https://t.co/3TmOLoijvr
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) March 29, 2021
Tweet has been deleted but I expect an apology from Iffat Omar, Tariq Cheema & his family in the very least for using their privilege to jump queue for vaccines that maybe an elderly person with co morbids could've used. People above 60 are waiting for their turns @OmarIffat https://t.co/P0ISgwwEo2 pic.twitter.com/eWTSXAWU0o
— Nadia (@novocainerush) March 29, 2021
Omar immediately responded to the online vitriol on her Twitter account. She denied allegations of using her privilege to get vaccinated against coronavirus by jumping the queue. “I would like to clarify this was a booster shot of a Cansino (trial) vaccine received from UHS who also provided the previous shot. It’s not illegal or privilege,” wrote Omar.
The federal minister also rejected the allegations adding that it was the trial vaccine that she was injected with.
The actress, however, was forced to delete the tweet since her statement failed to satisfy netizens.
Social media users bashed her for criticizing Prime Minister Imran Khan for lawlessness, injustice, and moral corruption by himself and party members, yet she violated all the rules set by the government for the vaccination campaign in the country.
According to the present rules set by the government, the elderly population above 60 years of age is being vaccinated against coronavirus currently at the designated centers established by the government.
Iffat Omar unduly criticizes PM #ImranKhan for everything 24/7 & yet doesn't have the decency to follow rules herself!
Kuch keh dou tou "harassment" ho jati hai. 🙈😷 https://t.co/ouN0N521lw
— Maleeha Hashmey (@MaleehaHashmey) March 30, 2021
A group of trolls asked if Iffat Omar is 60 years of age or beyond. Not only social media users but several government dignitaries including Dr. Shahbaz Gill also condemned the incident and reprimanded the actress and federal minister for flouting the rules.
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Social media users are reluctant to believe and forgo the incident despite explanations from the actress and federal minister. Iffat Omar is currently trending atop on Twitter.