In an innovative effort an Arunachal Pradesh government officer’s offer of free 20 kgs of rice as an incentive for getting vaccinated against Covid-19. The incentive was planned by Yazali circle officer Tashi Wangchhu Thongdok, and it successfully attracted the residents to the vaccination center.
Yazali has a population of around 12,000 and nearly 1,400 of its residents are above 45 years. While 84% of these residents had received their due doses, the remaining 209 residents were unwilling despite the administration’s attempts to vaccinate them at home.
Some of the weird reason for not taking vaccination that they don’t want to give up alcoholic drinks for a few days after vaccination, while others were deterred by a fake viral message on WhatsApp which claimed vaccination will lead to death in two years.
Since April this year, Yazali has recorded 243 Covid-19 positive cases, including 190 persons who have recovered and 53, who are still active. The area has not witnessed any Covid-19 deaths.
The initiative prove to be success that despite heavy rains nearly 50 people turned up, got vaccinated and took their 20 kilos of rice each, on Monday, the first day of the campaign
Meanwhile till Monday, Arunachal Pradesh recorded 29,696 Covid-19 cases and 125 deaths. The recovery rate is 88% with 3,440 active cases at present. Around 385,000 people in the state have got vaccinated till date with 306,000 persons getting the first dose and nearly 79,000 receiving both the doses.