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Vaccine hesitancy: Madhya Pradesh man climbs tree with wife’s aadhar card to avoid Covid-19 vaccine

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At a time when more than 84 lakh doses of vaccines has been administered in single day in the country, there are still some people who are hesitant in getting vaccinated against Covid-19. A man in Patankalan village of Rajgarh district in Madhya Pradesh, climbed a tree and refused to come down until the Covid-19 vaccination camp for the day was over, due to his fear of the vaccine.

Also, he climbed the tree himself and kept his wife’s Aadhar card with him to ensure that neither of them were administered the vaccine doses, as Aadhaar card is required to verify a beneficiary’s identity at the time of vaccination.

However, he came down only after the health department team left the village. Later, upon receiving information, medical officer Dr Rajiv from a nearby block arrived in the village to counsel Kanwarlal after which all his misconceptions about Covid-19 vaccines were cleared.

Dr Rajiv said “After counselling, the man’s fear has been wiped away. Now, the next time a vaccination camp is held in their village, Kanwarlal and his wife will get vaccinated.”

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