Covid-19: Some lie, others play truant to escape being vaccinated

BENGALURU/HYDERABAD: Authorities continued to grapple with the problem of vaccine hesitancy across the country on Thursday, the sixth day of Covid-19 vaccination drive, with healthcare workers allegedly lying about taking the shot in Bengaluru while some staff at government health centres and hospitals in Hyderabad doing the ‘vanishing act’.
A health officer of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike said he had come across at least 20 instances where workers faked taking the jab. “One medical officer instructed the nurse to hold a ball of cotton to his arm to make it look like he took the jab,” said a source.
In Hyderabad, 10-15% of staff at government hospitals, primary health centres and and urban primary health centres haven’t returned to work since January 16, the first day of the campaign. “Few employees are on leave since the vaccination launch day. Few others did not come on the day they were to be vaccinated,” said a vaccination session in charge. Beneficiaries proceeded on a sudden leave citing emergency reasons. In Mumbai, though the BMC plans to launch an awareness drive for the second and third vaccination phases, some doctors say there is a need to spread similar awareness in phase one too.
(With inputs from Malathy Iyer and Sumitra Deb Roy in Mumbai)

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