Convince, Don't Coerce

A healthcare worker administers a jab of covid-19 vaccine to a farmer in south Kashmir’s Tral  | KO file photo by Abid Bhat

HEALTHCARE workers are doing a commendable job trying to reach people far and beyond to get them vaccinated. We've seen them braving odds and reaching out to people in far flung areas and trying to get them vaccinated. Images from paddy fields, meadows and mountains with healthcare workers with the vaccines is indeed a promising and appreciable event.

However, in the bid to reach more people and get them vaccinated, some breaches to privacy have occured. We've seen many videos circulate online where frontline workers are getting into fights with people who are refusing to get vaccinated. While it is appreciable that they're risking their lives and straining every nerve to get people vaccinated, they also have to realise that some may still not be willing.

In such cases, one has to let it be in hopes that such people will soon get the necessary information and encouragement to get vaccinated. Coercing someone into getting vaccinated is not good. Filming them in their privacy and shaming them publicly for their choice to not get vaccinated is severely problematic.

We must all get together to ensure that we use all tools at hand to convince people to get vaccinated but threats and coercion is no way to do it.

Tania Saeed

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