A 123-year-old woman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district was among over 9,000 persons who were administered COVID-19 vaccine in the union territory on Wednesday said the officials, but did not provide any proof of her age.
So far 33,58,004 jabs have being administered in the Union Territory. On Wednesday a total of 9,289 persons, including healthcare and frontline workers, got vaccinated against coronavirus across 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to officials among the people who got administered with the vaccine on Wednesday was a centenarian woman from Baramulla district in north Kashmir.
The woman was recognized as Rehtee Begum who is a resident of Shrakwara Block Wagoora, got her first Covid vaccine shot during a door-to-door vaccination campaign, said the officials.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) tweeted about the woman getting the jab and mentioned her age as 124 years.
The DIPR said on its official Twitter handle and also posted a photograph of the woman getting the vaccine:
#COVIDVaccination #jandkfightscorona 124 Years Old Rehtee Begum of Shrakwara Block Wagoora Baramulla gets her first COVID vaccine jab during the door-to-door vaccination campaign. The official statement is to be believed, then the woman happens to be the oldest surviving person in the world.
124-year-old Rehtee Begum from Shrakwara Block Wagoora in Baramulla gets her first COVID-19 vaccine jab as part of the door to door vaccination campaign: Department of Information and Public Relations, Jammu & Kashmir pic.twitter.com/yjPk78Q4fX
— ANI (@ANI) June 2, 2021
Japanese woman Kane Tanaka is currently the oldest person living at an age of 118, according to Guinness Book of World Records. And 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.
Rehtee Begum’s age is based on an entry on the ration card of her son, which mentions her age as 124 said the official statement. However, no official confirmation or corroboration of the woman’s age is confirmed as there was no evidence shown by the woman or her family.
Wagoora, Abdul Rashid Ganie, the block development officer who led the vaccination team, said he cannot certify the woman’s real age.
Mr. Ganie told PTI, “We started door-to-door vaccination drive here and came across this family. She was willing to get the jab, which was a good thing. So, we administered the jab to her.”
When the team asked her about her age all she said was that she has crossed 100 years, said the officer. Mr. Ganie said, they saw the ration card of the family which listed her as 124 years old and she surely seems to be 100-plus, but I cannot certify her real age.
Moreover, the woman had no election or Aadhar card that the family could provide as an age proof of her age, added the officials.
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.