Vaccine hesitancy is one of the biggest hurdles in Meghalaya which affected the entire vaccination drive in the state. According to the Union health ministry’s data, Meghalaya ranked 31st out of the 37 states and UTs.
It is a big problem in Meghalaya that the people didn’t want to take the vaccination. The state government is trying to create awareness among the people to get vaccinated but the people are not listening yet.
According to the government data, close to 14.6 % or 469,938 Meghalaya residents have received at least one shot of the vaccine, well below the national average of 16.2 %, and the state is ranked only above West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which is at the bottom of the pile with only 9% vaccinations done. Lakshadweep tops the chart with 62.9% of the population vaccinated.
As of 9 pm on Friday, only 74,988 residents had received two shots, adding to 149,976 doses out of the total 577,546 administered in Meghalaya so far. The state has a population of about 3.22 million.
East Khasi Hills district is the worst affected with a total of 24,711 positive cases including 586 deaths and 1,583 active cases registered so far.
Government officials have identified vaccine hesitancy, particularly among the elderly, as the main reason for the slow pace of vaccination.
On the other hand, district administrations have come up with innovative initiatives to draw people to vaccination centres including the conduct of Raffle Draws (a kind of lottery) by the West Khasi Hills district administration, offering those getting vaccinated a chance to win ₹10,000.