December 23, 2020 1:22:57 AM
Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have been ranked as the states with the lowest Govt-19 vulnerability rate, according to a study by media site Gov. Connection on Tuesday titled ‘The Rural Report 3: Govt-19 Vaccine and Rural India’. More than 2,200 rural households formed part of the model of low Govt-19 vulnerability states.
The survey, conducted to assess vaccine awareness, included a total of 6,040 rural households in 16 states and one union territory. Of these, 389 rural households from Gujarat are part of the survey sample under Western Regional Analysis. Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh were the other two states in the Western Ghats. The three states together had a sample size of 1,186 homes.
A quick face-to-face survey conducted from December 1 to 10 looked at what rural India thinks about the Govt-19 vaccine, and if rural citizens pay Rs.1,000 per family member to be vaccinated, who will they choose to vaccinate first, the Govt-19 vaccine? How much did rural citizens know about the updates, how much did they trust the vaccine candidates, and other features.
A number of participants surveyed in the western zone stated that they preferred ‘self’ (29.8 per cent) to be vaccinated, followed by ‘old parents’ (28 per cent), which was the opposite of the eastern and northeastern ones and the southern zones where respondents preferred older parents. In the northern region, respondents preferred to vaccinate children on a priority basis.
Respondents were also asked if they were aware of various companies trying to bring in the Govt-19 vaccine during the survey. A zone-wise analysis revealed that awareness was relatively high in the North Zone (85%), which was lower than in the West Zone (61% said they knew).
In low-Govt-19 affected states, nearly 82 per cent of the surveyed rural households, or 755 households, said they were willing to pay up to Rs 500 to get two doses of the vaccine and another 15 per cent (or 142 houses). In five states they said they would pay up to Rs 1,000. This was in contrast to the upper and middle Govit-19 vulnerability levels, where fewer people wanted to pay for vaccine doses.
Overall, a quick survey found among its 6,000-odd rural household respondents found that more than 32 percent expressed concern that the vaccine could cause a serious health risk, while 25 percent acknowledged concerns about black marketing. Another 22 percent said they were concerned that the general public would not be on the priority list during vaccine distribution.
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