Photos: Getting the Covid-19 vaccine to Malana, Himachal Pradesh

To visit the Indian village of Malana deep in the Himalayas, a Covid-19 vaccination team scrambled over a landslide that

Published on Sep 28, 2021 12:42 PM IST 8 Photos

Kanta Devi, 26, a health worker, carries a box containing Covishield vaccines, as she walks through a road that was blocked after a landslide, near Malana village in Himachal Pradesh, on September 14. To vaccinate the villagers of Malana, one challenge to overcome by health workers was the steep topography, moreover to walk on it for hours and another was religious beliefs, as the tourism-dependent state immunised its roughly 5 million adults, Reuters reported.(Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Health workers trek through mountains to vaccinate people, near Malana village in Himachal Pradesh, on September 14. On September 14, a team of five led by district health officer Dr Atul Gupta set out to Malana to administer second vaccine doses for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Bimla Thakur, 56, a health worker, treks through mountains to vaccinate people, near Malana village in Himachal Pradesh, on September 14. Blocked by the landslide, they left their vehicle with two blue vaccine boxes slung over their shoulders to manoeuvre over the rubble, climb the wall and then walk to the trailhead leading to the village, accompanied by a Reuters photographer. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Medical kits and boxes containing Covishield vaccines, are transported on a ropeway trolley to Malana village, in Himachal Pradesh, on September 14. Before beginning the trek to the village, Gupta and his team placed the boxes onto a gondola connected to pulleys to carry the medicine across the river gorge that separates Malana from the road. That lightened their walk considerably as they set off to cross the gorge which drops down about 100 metres (330 feet), Reuters reported.(Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

An aerial view of Malana village in Himachal Pradesh, on September 14. During a rest break on the trek, Gupta said that to convince Malana's 1,100 adults to take their first shots in August, its district chief had priests invoke a local Hindu deity. This helped health workers cover up to 700 people in three days, Gupta told Reuters.(Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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