Deccan Express: A recent survey conducted by various non-government organisations (NGOs) has highlighted high vaccine hesitancy among slum dwellers in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation areas.
Around 30 percent citizens are away from vaccination.
Akanksha foundation, Teach for India and I teach schools among seven other NGOs conducted survey in Pune and Mumbai recently. In survey 1300 people above 18 year of age who avoided taking vaccines were interviewed.
During survey it was found that there are five main reasons including side effects of vaccine, incomplete information about vaccination, cost of vaccine, non-availability of vaccine and not well to take vaccine to avoid taking vaccines.
According to survey it is also found that there is lack of trust on vaccines available in market, there are citizens who fear to visit hospital while many also think that there is no use of vaccination. It was also highlighted that a major section of the population surveyed think vaccination is a part of big worldwide conspiracy. It is found that there are less takers from minority community as well.
The survey was conducted in slums and all Peth areas of Pune, Kothrud, Mundhwa, Yerawad, Hadapsar, Akurdi, Aundh, Kondhawa, Somwarpeth, Bhavani Peth, Ganj Peht, Koregaon Park, Bopodi, Kasarwadi, Kelewadi, Pimpri, Moshi and Bopkhel.
As a solution the survey also suggest some methods to increase the vaccination percentage. It suggests, Awareness about vaccination, increasing number of vaccines and vaccination centres, Awareness through doctors, people representatives, local organisations and involvement of celebrities appealing citizens through social media to take vaccine.