Omar Abdullah
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Two days after taking the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, on Friday, said that he tested positive for coronavirus. The National Conference leader said he is asymptotic and will be self-isolating at home.

Taking to Twitter, Omar Abdullah wrote: "For a year I did my best to dodge this damn virus but it’s finally caught up with me. I tested positive for Covid-19 this afternoon. I’m completely asymptotic. Based on medical advice I’m self-isolating at home & monitoring my parameters like oxygen saturation levels etc."

This comes two days after Omar Abdullah took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar on Wednesday.

After his vaccination, he thanked the medical team for their service. "Got my first dose of the COVID vaccine this morning. It was a smooth and painless affair. I am grateful to everyone at SKIMS, Srinagar for vaccinating me today," he tweeted.

Earlier, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah tested positive for coronavirus, weeks after getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after which he was shifted to Delhi AIIMS. His son, Omar Abdullah, confirmed the news on Twitter and informed that the NC chief is symptomatic.

On April 7, it was informed that Farooq Abdullah was discharged from Sher-e-Kashmir Institute Of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).

The third phase of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination for people above 45 years of age started on April 1. India started the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 with two vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin.

In the first phase, healthcare workers were administered the vaccine. The vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started on February 2. The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

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