Health Workers Told Not To Shoot Vaccination Video

A healthcare worker administers a jab of covid-19 vaccine to a man in central Kashmir’s Budgam district | KO file photo by Abid Bhat

Srinagar- After facing public backlash, the Director Health Services Kashmir on Thursday directed the health workers not to breach the privacy of families by filming them during the vaccination drive.

Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, told Kashmir Observer that he has directed all the CMO’s to advise the health workers to desist from such acts.

“I have given clear cut directions not to take any videos to the health workers,” Dr Rather said. Adding that “We can’t even vaccinate anyone without the consent,”

When asked if the order is written or verbal. He said he had ordered it verbally.

“If there is any apprehension regarding the vaccine, we can just counsel you. Then rest is up to you,” he told Kashmir Observer.

Earlier, a number of videos in which health workers were seen intruding the privacy of families for not taking the vaccines went viral on social media, prompting sharp reactions from the netizens for taking the videos without the consent of families.

“First of all, it’s illegal to take someone’s video or picture without his/her consent, doctors are violating the right to privacy and second of all is that vaccination is personal choice, doctors can’t force them to take vaccines,” posted a social media user on twitter.

Vaccination Team Attacked In Bandipora

Police on Thursday detained a man after a medical team was allegedly attacked by a family during a vaccination drive in Tsontimulla village of Bandipora district.

According to the officials, a family pelted stones on a medical team in Zuban locality of Chuntimulla when they tried to persuade them to take coronavirus vaccine shots. The medical team, reports said, had administered six jabs to people when the attack prompted them for a hasty retreat.

A health worker who was present at the spot said that the villagers claimed that they were in good health and did not need any vaccine.

Meanwhile, a video of the incident has also gone viral on social media in which a family is seen attacking the health department team with stones.

When contacted deputy commissioner Bandipora, Dr Owais said that an enquiry has been initiated into the incident and legal action will be taken against the involved persons and such incidents will never be tolerated.

Meanwhile, a police official while confirming the incident said that they have detained a person in this regard and further action has been taken up.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is a Srinagar-based journalist and tweets @AuqibJaveed.

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