COVID-19: Vaccination rumours afflict MP villages, frontline workers face the brunt

Santa Nibedita, Nadeem Sultan . May 26, 2021

As the second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic ravages India, an invisible but destructive narrative is spreading across rural Madhya Pradesh: That vaccination is leading to deaths.

As concerted efforts are underway to control the surge in cases across villages in Betul district’s Shahpur block, frontline workers (FLW) such as accredited social health activists (ASHA), Anganwadi and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) are faced with an unexpected burden: To deal with and educate people refusing vaccination.

Santa Nibedita, Nadeem Sultan

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