Media personalities are the stepping stones for many for several apposite reasons. They should know how to deter fame and a mere tyranny could heavily cost. Omar was called out for getting the jab out of turn while many deserving recipients waiting. Who can justify the actors’ stance to get the privilege, when several eyes have witnessed the immoral delinquency? Iffat Omar’s Unapologetic Defiance to Get the Vaccine Creates Media Uproar.
The vaccination process in Pakistan has been under unadorned scrutiny since it first began. Senior citizens over the age of 60 are being ranked to receive the first and second dose as instructed by the government. However, a recent episode involving Federal Minister for Housing Tariq Bashir Cheema proves privilege trumps rights in some cases. A video of the minister and his family getting vaccinated went viral on social media. Although many pounded at Cheema for getting his family members and dear ones vaccinated out of turn, one of the recipients of the inoculation was veteran actor Iffat Omar.
A scolding tweet sparks on the media
“This lady is neither a frontline health worker nor above 60 years of age. She is leading actor Iffat Omar who criticizes the government, which is fine but talks about ethics too. In this picture, she is being vaccinated for Covid. How is that? Where are her ethics and principles now?”
This lady is neither a front line health worker nor above 60 years of age. She is a leading actress Omar Iffat who criticises the govt which is fine but talks about ethics too. In this pic she is being vaccinated for covid …
Where are her ethics and principles now? #مارخورز pic.twitter.com/wcrRymgC3o
— Dauran Baloch (@DauranBalochGTV) March 31, 2021
Iffat Omar’s Unapologetic Defiance to Get the Vaccine Creates Media Uproar
A user on social media expressed the outrage
“Meet Iffat Omar. She talks about rule of law, honesty, and whatnot and was the first one to jump the queue and get herself vaccinated! This is Iffat Omar telling us about integrity and ethics every other day. Preach what you follow,” added another, while one more remarked, “I used to like Iffat Omar. But quite disappointed in her jumping the queue to get her vaccine. And then lying about it after first advertising it.”
Meet Iffat Omar. She talks about rule of law, honesty and what not and was the first one to jump queue and get herself vaccinated! pic.twitter.com/cebrECklt5
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) March 29, 2021
Social media lamented the actress who jumped the queue and deprived an elderly person or healthcare worker who is at more risk to die from it. Influencers should not be a hypocrite and have the courage to keep their words and ethos. Is it Jinnah’s Pakistan where a minister gets his entire family vaccinated including a renowned so-called influencer, when doctors, frontline workers, and people above 60 are still waiting for their turn? Absolutely not!
This is Iffat Omar telling us about integrity and ethics every other day. PREACH WHAT YOU FOLLOW pic.twitter.com/NWjB9ooUG0
— Iqra Nasir (@IamIqraNasir) March 29, 2021
I used to like Iffat Omar. But quite disappointed in her jumping the queue to get her vaccine. And then lying about it after first advertising it.
Just remember every time someone jumps the queue he/she deprived an elderly person or healthcare worker more at risk to die from it.
— Ayesha Ijaz Khan (@ayeshaijazkhan) March 29, 2021
I sincerely hope our “celebrities” speak about Iffat Omar queue jumping for her vaccine, while millions of vulnerable people continue to live in never-ending anxiety, waiting for their turn. If they really are “influencers”, they should do the right thing and speak up.
— Vaccine Baji (@BajiVaccine) March 30, 2021
Soon after the backlash, Omar responded in a now-deleted tweet. The actor shared the vaccine she received was a trial one. She writes,
“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.”
She deleted this tweet: pic.twitter.com/AzvOokRGch
— Hasan Saeed (@hasansaeed6) March 29, 2021
However, the ruckus continuous her explanation didn’t sit well with many and fairly so.
Cansino is a single shot vaccine. Trials are conducted at hospitals, it’s a double blind study. You don’t get to know if you’re being given the vaccine or placebo in a trial. I’d say accept that you’ve jumped queue and apologise.
— Nadia (@novocainerush) March 29, 2021
We demand a public apology from the people like Federal Minister for Housing and Works Tariq Bashir Cheema who did an immoral thing along with his family, and Iffat Omar who dared to lie and calling it a trial shot.