Reyaz Rashid

Baramulla: While vaccination process for Covid-19 gets momentum in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, 124-year-old woman and 94 –year- old man from Kreeri Baramulla were  among over 4,209 people in Baramulla district who were administered COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday in the district.

A health official who is part of door to door vaccination campaign said, “Our door-to door vaccination campaign has been going on for about two weeks now. We have been out for the campaign and have honour vaccinating a 124-year-old woman and 94-year-old man. By God’s grace, they are healthy. But we continue to check on their post-vaccination today. They are doing very well.”

A total of 4,209 persons, including healthcare and frontline workers, have been vaccinated against the disease across the district on Wednesday, he said, adding so far 2, 95000 jabs have being administered in Baramulla district.

124 year old Rehtee Begum, a resident of Kraal Mohalla Shrakwara Block Wagoora and 94 year old Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Allpora, Kreeri in Baramulla district got their first jab of Covid-19 vaccine as part of door to door vaccination campaign, the officials informed. 

Medical Officer at Primary Health Care (PHC) Shrakwara Dr Tajamul Malik who led the vaccination team  said, “ If a woman of 124 years and a man of 94 years can get vaccinated, then the entire nation should too. The only way to save yourself from the pandemic is to get vaccinated, and do not believe in rumours.

“ If she can get vaccinated, and be fine after it, I believe that it clears all the rumours. The two old aged people are doing fine after vaccination,” he added.

“We started a door-to-door vaccination drive here and came across these families. They were  willing to get the jabs, which was a good and encouraging gesture for our ground workers. So, we administered the jab to both of them,

The officer said when the team asked her age,  the family showed the ration card of the family which listed her as 124 years old. Well, she surely seems to be 100-plus, but I cannot certify her real age, he said.

The officer said the woman had no Aadhaar or election card and the family could not provide any proof of her age.However, the 94 year old Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Allallahpora, Kreeri family also showed their ration card.

Though the UT’s Information Department mentioned the age of the woman as 124 years on its official Twitter page, it did not provide any proof.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) put out a tweet about the woman getting the jab and mentioned her age as 124 years.

#COVIDVaccination #jandkfightscorona 124 Years Old Rehtee Begum of Shrakwara Block Wagoora Baramulla gets her first COVID vaccine jab during door to door vaccination campaign, the DIPR said on its official Twitter handle and also posted a photograph of the woman getting the vaccine.

If the official statement is to be believed, then the woman happens to be the oldest surviving person in the world.

According to Guinness Book of World Records, Japanese woman Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest person living at an age of 118. The oldest person to ever live and the oldest person ever (female) was Jeanne Louise Calment (born 21 February 1875) from Arles, France, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days old.

The official statement on Rehtee Begum’s age is based on an entry on the ration card of her son, which mentions her age as 124.

However, there was no official confirmation or corroboration of the woman’s age as there was no proof provided by the woman or her family.


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