Farmers from Sandur get vaccinated in their fields

Over the last two days, health workers, equipped with vaccines and other supplies, have vaccinated 50 farmers of 2 of the villages in Ballari district, including Kurekoppa Village at their own fields even as they go about their work.

To ensure that every resident of Kurekoppa village in Sandur taluk gets vaccinated against Covid-19, the Ballari district administration has come up with a novel plan.

Now, the health officials have started going to agricultural fields to vaccinate farmers after a few of them refused to get the shot at the primary health centre (PHC).

The initiative was taken up after farmers informed the health workers visiting the village that they could not visit the PHC as they had to work in the fields as it is sowing season and for various other reasons including superstition, myths, and vaccine hesitancy.

The continuous efforts from the district administration and the ASHA workers in order to inoculate the villages finally was successful as the people were vaccinated where they were. A lot of convincing had to take place to vaccinate the strictly denying people from rural areas.

“When our team visited Kurekoppa village to convince the residents to take the vaccine, we were informed that many of them had gone to the fields. Hence, we decided to go to the fields and vaccinate them. A team of three doctors and six ASHA workers are visiting the fields and vaccinating the farmers. More farmers will be vaccinated in the coming days,” Dr Kushal Raj, Taluk Health Officer of Sandur informed.

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