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Fight with official, climbing a tree: 2 men in UP try to escape Covid vaccination

COVID-19: Health workers have had to battle vaccine hesitancy in several parts of India.

January 20, 2022 / 03:59 PM IST
A man in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh wrestled an official to the ground, adamant on not wanting to get vaccinated. (Screengrab from video tweeted by ANI)

A man in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh wrestled an official to the ground, adamant on not wanting to get vaccinated. (Screengrab from video tweeted by ANI)


Videos have emerged of two men in Uttar Pradesh trying to escape COVID-19 vaccination, one getting into a fight with an official and the other climbing a tree.

The videos are from Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh. One of them showed a boatman defiantly saying that he will not get vaccinated. “You will have to get it [the vaccine],” an official says in response.

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The official pressed the man for answer to why he was refusing to get vaccinated. “Come, everyone is getting vaccinated,” the official told him.

The agitated man then lunged at the official and wrestled him to the ground while repeating “I will not take it [the vaccine]”.

In the second video, a man was seen atop a tree and a person was asking him to come down.  He eventually acquiesced and was vaccinated by a health worker at the spot.

Health workers have had to battle vaccine hesitancy in several parts of India. The government has repeatedly emphasised on the need for coordinated efforts to educate people about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Across India, 160 crore vaccine doses have been administered since the beginning of the inoculation drive in January 2021. Vaccination of adolescents aged 15 to 18 began earlier this month.

India is recording a surge in cases with the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. On January 20, the country recorded 3,17,532 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 3,82,18,773. The number of active cases in the country rose to 19,24,051.

India’s toll climbed to 4,87,693 with 491 more deaths.



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first published: Jan 20, 2022 03:53 pm
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