Walking for kilometres, vaccination teams in Kashmir are welcomed by many, but some run away

ThePrint followed teams of healthcare workers in Kashmir's Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, as they trekked for kilometres to vaccinate people.

A team of healthcare workers on their way to a vaccination drive in Kashmir's Naranag village in Ganderbal district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A team of healthcare workers on their way to a vaccination drive in Kashmir's Naranag village in Ganderbal district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Kashmir: A team of health care workers at Mantrigam village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district is gearing up for a long walk uphill, to carry out door-to-door vaccinations in the area. They don their PPE suits, put on their gloves, pick up the box with the vaccine doses and set out, on foot.

Vaccinating the hesitant residents in the state is a task that requires planning. The situation is much better now, however, owing to sustained efforts by healthcare workers, and people are more willing to be vaccinated.

ThePrint followed teams of healthcare workers in Kashmir’s Bandipora and Ganderbal districts, as they trekked for kilometres to vaccinate people.

In Mantrigram, as the healthcare workers reached the first house in the village, the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA worker) in the team, a resident of the same village, knocks at a door and requests the people of the house to come out, while the rest of the team waits at a distance. This, because there have been instances where healthcare workers, who had been trying to convince people to get vaccinated, were attacked with stones. While some welcome the team and are willing to take the shots, others drive them away.

Medical teams working in Naranag village of hilly Ganderbal district too face similar challenges and often have to trek for kilometres to inoculate people.

In Matrigram, as a man in his 70s agrees to be vaccinated after much persuasion, the team is ecstatic. The vaccinator quickly pulls out the dose and a syringe and readies the shot, while another team member checks the man’s vitals, including his blood pressure. After all of his health parameters are found to be okay, he is given the shot. After 10 minutes, his entire family comes out to be vaccinated.

An onlooker, standing 10 meters away, is also encouraged by the team to take a shot, but he immediately runs away. The team then wraps up and move towards the next house, a fresh challenge.

Health workers Abida Quayoom and Smashad Akhtar vaccinating local residents at the Naranag village in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers Abida Quayoom and Shamshad Akhtar vaccinate residents of Naranag village in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Medical team with Asha workers crossing a pool while they go for door to door vaccination drive in Srinagar's Abidal | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A medical team, including Asha workers, cross a lake while they carry on door-to-door vaccinations in Srinagar’s Abidal area | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker going door to door for vaccination at the Mantrigam village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers go from door to door, to vaccinate residents of Mantrigam village in Bandipora district in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker vaccinating at the Mantrigam village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir They are going door to door | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers vaccinating residents of Mantrigam village in Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker along with Dr Shajia and Asha workers during vaccination campaign going shop to shop at the Mantrigam village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers, along with Dr Shajia and Asha workers, during a vaccination campaign in Mantrigam village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker doing vaccinating local lady at the road at the Sonerwani village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A healthcare worker vaccinates a resident of Sonerwani village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker door to door vaccination campaign at the Sonerwani village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers carry out door-to-door vaccination campaigns at Sonerwani village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker door to door vaccination campaign at the Sonerwani village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers on a door-to-door vaccination campaign in Sonerwani village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Asha worker Ruheela Adil Rasheed walking on the road to go her health center at Naranag village | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Asha worker Ruheela Adil Rasheed on her way to  the healthcare center in Naranag village in Ganderbal district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Medical staff with Asha worker vaccinating at a small center Srinagar's Abidal | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A medical team, including Asha workers, at a vaccination centre in Srinagar’s Abidal | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker checking blood pressure before the vaccination at the Mantrigam village in Bandipora Distt in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A healthcare worker checks the recipient’s blood pressure before administering the vaccine in Mantrigam village in Bandipora district| Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker door to door vaccinating on the road during campaign at the Sonerwani village in Bandipora District in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers on a door-to-door vaccination campaign in Sonerwani village in Bandipora District in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker during vaccination campaign at the sub center Sonerwani village in Bandipora district in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A team of medical workers at the  vaccination center in Sonerwani village in Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Health worker living for the vaccination campaign at the sub center Sonerwani village in Bandipora district in Kashmir | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Healthcare workers leave for a vaccination campaign at Sonerwani village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Medical staff going door to door | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A door-to-door vaccination drive in progress  | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Medical staff with Asha workers going door to door for vaccination at the Akhoon Mohalla Abidal area in Srinagar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A vaccination drive at the Akhoon Mohalla in Srinagar’s Abidal area | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Medical team vaccinating person on the road of Abidal area in Srinagar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A healthcare workers vaccinates a man in Srinagar’s Abidal area | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint