Meet Dr. Aqsa Shaikh – India’s first and only Transgender woman to head a Covid Vaccination Centre

We don’t choose the way we are born. But we can choose how to live our life. Here’s how I chose to live mine. My story from a 3-years old child struggling with gender to India’s first & only Transgender woman to head a Covid Vaccination Centre – Dr. Aqsa Shaikh

Dr Aqsa Shaikh is a Medical Doctor and Community Medicine Specialist.

She is Associate Professor of Community Medicine at HIMSR, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi.
She is a Proud Transgender Woman and works on LGBTQIA+ rights, rights of Persons with Disability, and Mental Health.
She has keen interest in Medical Ethics, Medical Humanities and Medical Education Technology and is a Fellow of Advanced Course in Medical Education.
She is has authored many Medical Books and Blogs with Times of India, Women’s Web and Youth ki Awaaz, along with other publications.

Aqsa is also  a poet and writes in English, Hindi and Urdu.

She is the Founder – Director of Meezaan Commercial Enterprises and Human Solidarity Foundation.

” I have been told to remain in hiding. To not talk about my past or how I got here. I’ve been told to be invisible and not be proud of my identity. I have been told to feel shame and guilt. I have been told – but I didn’t listen …. Tweets Dr.Aqsa Shaikh

Dr.Aqsa Shaikh

News Coverage for Dr.Aqsa Shaikh


Dr Aqsa Shaikh, a true inspiration as the country’s only transgender person to head a Covid vaccination centre in India, spoke with us to discuss the disparities in the healthcare systems, suggestions to pave the path ahead to improve access to healthcare, as transgender patients continue to encounter mistreatment when seeking healthcare in our country. Dr Shaikh expressed her opinion on the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 and whether it does justice to representation.

Outlook India  – Exclusive Interview – published on 06/03/2021

Meet The Only Trans-Woman Heading A Covid Vaccine Centre In India

Dr Aqsa Shaikh, nodal officer at Jamia Hamdard, has the distinction of being the first transgender woman to helm a Covid-19 vaccination centre in the country.

Times of India – 08/03/2021

How this Transgender Doctor is injecting hope

SCMP.COM – 11/03/2021

How India’s first transgender doctor to head a Covid-19 vaccination centre inspires, one dose at a time

India Times – 17.03.2021

‘Don’t Want To Be The Last’: Dr Aqsa Shaikh, India’s First Trans Woman To Head COVID Centre

The Quint – 06/04/2021

‘Why Am I The Only One?’: 1st Trans Doctor to Lead Vaccine Centre

Aqsa Shaikh wears many hats. She is a doctor, professor & a COVID-19 warrior. Her journey is an inspiration to all.

And in Hindi – abp live – 05/04/2021

Exclusive: ट्रांसजेंडर नोडल ऑफिसर Aqsa Shaikh की कहानी जो दिल्ली के वैक्सीनेशन सेंटर पर दे रहीं सेवा

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