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Meet S Kistamma: Gandhi Hospital's sanitation worker who received first COVID-19 vaccine shot in Telangana

When Gandhi Hospital served as an exclusive COVID-19 treatment government hospital for many months last year and Kistamma served during the entire period. 

Published: 16th January 2021 12:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2021 12:15 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, Telangana Health minister Eatala Rajender and Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar also seen in the picture as S Kistamma gets vaccinated. (

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: S Kistamma became the first person in Telangana to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The 42-year-old woman, who is working as a sanitation worker at the Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad, received the shot on Saturday morning after the vaccination drive was launched across the country. 

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Speaking to TNIE a few minutes after the vaccination, Kistamma said, "I am feeling completely fine as of now. I have been told to sit for a while as I just received the vaccine. I believe everyone should get vaccinated without any worries." 

When asked if she had any apprehension regarding receiving the vaccination, she said, "No, I did not have any worries. I am a union leader in the hospital. I recommend that all sanitation workers and everyone else in the state should get vaccinated." 

Kistamma has been working at the Gandhi Hospital for 14 years on a contract basis. When Gandhi Hospital served as an exclusive COVID-19 treatment government hospital for many months last year and Kistamma served during the entire period. 



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