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UP Villagers Jump into River to Avoid 'Poisonous Injection' During Covid-19 Vaccination Drive

Villagers in Barabanki jumped into Saryu river.

Villagers in Barabanki jumped into Saryu river.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Ramnagar tehsil Rajiv Kumar Shukla said the incident took place on Saturday.

In an extreme example of vaccine hesitancy, a group of people in Barabanki’s Sisaurha village jumped into the Saryu river after seeing a team of health officials coming to inoculate them against coronavirus. Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Ramnagar tehsil Rajiv Kumar Shukla said the incident took place on Saturday.

Shukla said he made the villagers understand the importance and benefits of vaccination, and tried to dispel the myths, following which 18 people in the village got the jabs. The villagers said they jumped into the river because some people had told them that this was not a vaccine, but a poisonous injection.

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first published:May 23, 2021, 22:38 IST