New Delhi: While governments across the world are working tirelessly towards vaccinating everyone against the novel coronavirus, people in rural Uttar Pradesh where the virus is on the rise, are “hesitant” to take the vaccine.
How can we tell? Well, in Sisoda village in Barabanki, a group of residents jumped into the Saryu river to evade vaccination on Sunday. The residents have made it “clear” that they do not want to get the jab.
Shishupal, a local farmer, said, “People have died even after getting vaccinated. I know of those who have had to be hospitalised after the jab. Jab marna hi hai to vaccine kyon?”
A 10th class graduate, Shishupal is convinced that the COVID-19 vaccine is “harmful” and is spreading the same information among others, reported IANS.
“I have got this information from several of my friends who work in big cities. I am convinced as the local officials have not answered my queries. My own uncle, who worked in Delhi, died a month after having both vaccine shots. What more proof do I need,” he asked.
“Is there a guarantee that we will not get infected after the vaccine? There are many in the adjoining village who rushed to take the vaccine and then got infected. Why is the government pushing for vaccination-they should give it to those who want it,” he stated.
Another baseless rumour doing the rounds in the village is that the vaccine causes impotence and that is one of the primary reasons for the men to stay away from the jabs.
On Sunday evening, a group of people in the village jumped into the river after seeing a team of health officials; the team had gone to the rural area to vaccinate the local residents.
Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Ramnagar tehsil, Rajiv Kumar Shukla, said about 200 people of the village ran away from the village because they were scared of the vaccine and reached the Saryu shore. When the health team reached the river, these people jumped into the river.
Shukla added that he explained to the villagers that the importance and benefits of vaccination, and tried to debunk the myths. After that, only 18 people in the village got vaccinated.
The villagers said they jumped into the river because some people had told them that this was not a vaccine, but a poisonous injection. It took a lot of convincing to get the people out of the river.
It took a great deal of convincing to get people come out of the river.
Sisoda is a village with a population of 1,500 people located in the Terai, 70 km from the district headquarters of Barabanki.