As Kerala kickstarts its third mass vaccination campaign ever since the State’s formation in 1956, the medical heads of districts opine that the anti-vaccination campaigners have been kept in check.
The one-month measles-rubella (MR) vaccination drive, launched on October 3, was plagued by the anti-vaccine messages and posts doing rounds on social media. Besides, in several localities in the State, religious institutions have been conducting campaigns against the vaccination. The medical officers leading the vaccination campaign have said that with constant effort and team work, the propaganda against vaccination has been curbed at many places.
Wayanad DMO Dr. Jithesh said that there has been lesser resistance from the people in the last four days of the campaign, and if at all the medical team faced dissent, it was from the people who had access to the social media. “There are many tribal localities in the district. It is quite difficult to reach these places. But whenever we arrive there, the people never say no to our effort. They wholeheartedly let their children be administered vaccination. But yes, our team had faced some resistance from people who have access to the cyberspace. However, we have been conducting awareness camps and classes for people against vaccination and have garnered the desired results,” he said.