Rural area residents reluctant to take Covid-19 vaccine shot

Admn to pull up its socks to allay fear among people residing on outskirts

Rural area residents reluctant to take Covid-19 vaccine shot

A cop gets vaccinated at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar on Saturday.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 6

While the Covid-19 vaccination for the elderly and citizens with comorbid conditions has been receiving encouraging response in urban areas, the people in rural areas are not so enthusiastic about the same and the administration might have to pull up its socks to convince people for vaccination.

A Health Department official stated that apart from rural areas, the localities on outskirts of the city which are inhabited by lower socio-economic people are yet to give the response which was anticipated. However, he added, “The drive for senior citizens had started around five days ago. The people are a little hesitant. We feel that the response would increase in the coming days.”

The sources in the department stated that people with less education are a little apprehensive but would come around in few days as they would see the benefit of the vaccination.

The district authorities reported that a total of 1,940 persons were given the injections on Saturday. Though the administration has not released the category-wise details of the persons who were given the injections, the officials stated that 1,140 persons were given Covishied injections at government centers, 410 received Covaxin vaccines and 360 others received injections at private institutes.

The district health administration has at present allowed 23 hospitals in the private sector and 15 in the government sector to administer the injections. The health officials stated that more private hospitals would be empanelled in the near future to cater to the huge demand for injections.

The district with a registered health workers strength of 24,948 has so far given first dose of vaccine to 11,965 of them. Out of these 5,457 has been given the second dose. Of the 22,891 frontline workers, around 10,532 have been given the first dose.

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