Vaccine hesitancy in rural areas of India is rampant, thanks to unverified videos and forwards on social media. People are scared that taking the COVID-19 vaccine leads to death.
Several people that our Community Correspondent Tanju Devi spoke to in a West Champaran community said they won't take the vaccine. "No, I don't need the vaccine. I am naturally fit," said one of the women Tanju spoke to.
However, there are others who have taken both the doses of the vaccine and are happy about it. "There are no side effects that I experienced after the shots," says Sunaina Devi from the same village.
The government needs to start awareness campaigns reaching deep into the rural pockets of India and address the people's concerns about COVID-19 vaccination.
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Avijit Adhikary is a journalist with nearly 8000 days of field experience till date. In the past two decades, he has witnessed the ebb and flow of the media industry in India, with ripples felt in his region too. This includes the rise of digital media, the decline of print...