Those not vaccinated get tagged with skull mark, a warning In MP.
Those who are handed these posters, under the drive in the district’s Prithvipur block, are asked to read the message out loud and take an oath that they would get vaccinated within two days.
Those who have been vaccinated are given badges with colours of the national flag and the message: “Mein saccha deshbhakt hoon kyunki maine corona ka tika lagwaya hai (I am a true patriot because I have been vaccinated).”
Asked about such measures being taken at a time when states are facing a shortage of vaccines, Niwari SP Alok Kumar Singh said the instructions were to just hand out the sticker or poster and not make anyone wear it. “It is one of the many initiatives and is only symbolic with an intention to create awareness,” Singh said.
Sub Divisional Police Officer Santosh Pandey, who is in charge of the drive in Prithvipur block, said “no partiality is shown”. “I am a local from the adjoining Panna district and in this region of Bundekhand it is understood that if someone swears over something, they will definitely fulfill it. That is why people are being made to take an oath to vaccinate themselves,” said Pandey.
SP Singh and Pandey said the drive was launched to overcome vaccine hesitancy, especially in the villages.