As the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, people are being encouraged to get inoculated with creative ideas to boost the vaccination drives globally. Amid this, a matrimonial advertisement of a woman seeking a vaccinated groom has gone viral on social media.
The matrimonial ad claims that the woman has taken both the doses of Covishield and is looking for a groom who is also vaccinated. The advertisement appears to be published in a newspaper on June 4.
According to the ad, the 24-year-old Roman Catholic girl holds a degree in M Sc Mathematics, is self-employed and has got both doses of the Covishield vaccine. She is looking for a Roman Catholic man who, along with other desirable traits, must be completely vaccinated.
The advertisement has gone massively viral on social media. It even caught the attention of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. "Vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom! No doubt the preferred marriage gift will be a booster shot!? Is this going to be our New Normal?" Tharoor wrote while tweeting the ad.
It turned out that the advertisement was fake. It was a "harmless" campaign by a Goa resident to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine jab.
The advert was created by Savio Figueiredo, a community pharmacist in Aldona, Goa.
Savio, 58, had shared the ad on Facebook last week with the caption, "The future of matrimonials".
"I created the ad with the intention of encouraging people to take the vaccine and posted it on my Facebook page. Someone got the bull by the tail, thought it was real, and now it has gone viral," Savio told The Indian Express.
Since he had mentioned his phone number in the advertisement, his phone has not stopped buzzing, enquiring about the marriage prospect. However, he is not bothered by the inconvenience if some people are encouraged to get vaccinated.
"I hope I have succeeded in my purpose," he said.