Photos: Tackling vaccine hesitancy in rural India

  • “I would rather die than take the vaccine,” a villager in Jamsoti, Uttar Pradesh, told AP. A common refrain among villagers was that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. This has alarmed health experts who say vaccine hesitancy, particularly in India's vast hinterlands, could put the country’s gains against Covid-19 at risk. Also, fuelled by misinformation and mistrust in almost every Indian state, more men are getting vaccinated than women — and that gap is widening further every day.
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Health workers taking a nasal swab from a woman to test for Covid-19 infection in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 8. In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages, AP reported.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

Health workers taking a nasal swab from a woman to test for Covid-19 infection in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 8. In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages, AP reported.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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A woman looks on from her house in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 8. A deadly surge of coronavirus infections that ripped through India in April and May, killing more than 180,000, has tapered off and new cases have declined. But the relief could be fleeting as a significant amount of the population is still reluctant to get the shots, AP reported.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

A woman looks on from her house in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 8. A deadly surge of coronavirus infections that ripped through India in April and May, killing more than 180,000, has tapered off and new cases have declined. But the relief could be fleeting as a significant amount of the population is still reluctant to get the shots, AP reported.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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Health workers arrive to test villagers for Covid-19 and to persuade them to get vaccinated, at Sikanderpur village, Uttar Pradesh on June 9. “Vaccine hesitancy poses a risk to ending the pandemic in India,” retired virologist and paediatrician Dr T Jacob John told AP. “The more the virus circulates, the more it can mutate into dangerous new variants that can undermine vaccines,” he added.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

Health workers arrive to test villagers for Covid-19 and to persuade them to get vaccinated, at Sikanderpur village, Uttar Pradesh on June 9. “Vaccine hesitancy poses a risk to ending the pandemic in India,” retired virologist and paediatrician Dr T Jacob John told AP. “The more the virus circulates, the more it can mutate into dangerous new variants that can undermine vaccines,” he added.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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A girl looks out from a hole in the wall of her house as a health worker prepares for Covid-19 testing in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 9. Delivering vaccines in the world's second-most populous country was always going to be challenging. Even though India did relatively well at the beginning of its mammoth vaccination drive, the campaign hit a snag almost immediately due to shortages, exacerbating existing inequalities.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

A girl looks out from a hole in the wall of her house as a health worker prepares for Covid-19 testing in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 9. Delivering vaccines in the world's second-most populous country was always going to be challenging. Even though India did relatively well at the beginning of its mammoth vaccination drive, the campaign hit a snag almost immediately due to shortages, exacerbating existing inequalities.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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A vaccination drive against Covid-19 in progress at a government school in Amritpur village, Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. From June 21, the Union Government of India kick-started a universal vaccination drive, ending a complex system of buying and distributing vaccines that overburdened states and led to inequities in how the shots were handed out.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

A vaccination drive against Covid-19 in progress at a government school in Amritpur village, Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. From June 21, the Union Government of India kick-started a universal vaccination drive, ending a complex system of buying and distributing vaccines that overburdened states and led to inequities in how the shots were handed out.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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People taking part in a meeting of the Village Monitoring Committee of Amritpur Village, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. However, there is still widespread hesitancy fueled by misinformation and mistrust, particularly in rural areas where two-thirds of the country’s nearly 1.4 billion population lives, AP reported.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

People taking part in a meeting of the Village Monitoring Committee of Amritpur Village, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. However, there is still widespread hesitancy fueled by misinformation and mistrust, particularly in rural areas where two-thirds of the country’s nearly 1.4 billion population lives, AP reported.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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Women returning to their village after attending an awareness program on getting tested and vaccinated against Covid-19 in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. Rumours about jabs disrupting the menstruation cycle and reducing fertility have also contributed to fear and skewed the data in favour of men. In almost every Indian state, more men are getting vaccinated than women — and that gap is widening further every day.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

Women returning to their village after attending an awareness program on getting tested and vaccinated against Covid-19 in Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. Rumours about jabs disrupting the menstruation cycle and reducing fertility have also contributed to fear and skewed the data in favour of men. In almost every Indian state, more men are getting vaccinated than women — and that gap is widening further every day.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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A health worker persuades a village woman to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 8. “We have to convince people, go door to door, and rely on people who have taken the vaccine to spread the word,” Yogesh Kalkonde, a public health doctor in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, told AP. “It’s an extremely slow process.”(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

A health worker persuades a village woman to get vaccinated against Covid-19 at Jamsoti village, Uttar Pradesh on June 8. “We have to convince people, go door to door, and rely on people who have taken the vaccine to spread the word,” Yogesh Kalkonde, a public health doctor in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, told AP. “It’s an extremely slow process.”(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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District magistrate Sanjeev Singh (L) overlooks a health worker administering a vaccine to a villager at Naugarh, in Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders have routinely spoken about the need to shun vaccine hesitancy, but health experts say more needs to be done.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

District magistrate Sanjeev Singh (L) overlooks a health worker administering a vaccine to a villager at Naugarh, in Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh on June 10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders have routinely spoken about the need to shun vaccine hesitancy, but health experts say more needs to be done.(Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)

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