New Delhi. So far, only 25,468 (5.22 percent) people of the transgender community in the country have received anti-Covid-19 vaccines. Activists working for the rights of this community say that misinformation, lack of necessary documents and lack of digital access among these people have increased their immunization problems.
According to the 2011 census, there are 4.87 lakh people from the transgender community in the country. According to the Kovin website, a total of 8,80,47,053 men and 7,67,64,479 women have taken anti-Kovid-19 vaccine supplements. At the same time, only 25,468 people are vaccinated in ‘Other’ category. Social workers said that misinformation, lack of information in the digital field and lack of government documents are the main reasons, due to which people of this community are hesitating about vaccination.
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Pushpa Mai, a transgender activist from Jaipur, said that a large number of people approached her about taking the vaccine. Mai said, ‘They don’t have the right information. They have been told that if they take the vaccine, it will have a bad effect on their health. We explained to them that by getting the vaccine, they will avoid the deadly infection and they should get the vaccine as soon as possible.
On the other hand, Shahna (21) says that earlier she had many doubts about the vaccine, but social workers removed her fears. Shahana, who works as an office assistant, said, ‘My friends told me why you will die and you are putting your life in danger, but after this I talked to the workers and they told me that there is nothing like that and I should get vaccinated because it will give me protection. ‘
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At the same time, a person belonging to this community said that he is HIV infected and he does not know whether the vaccine is safe for him or not. Public health professional doctor Vandana Prasad said that there is no contradiction that people with HIV or recent surgeries cannot take the vaccine.
He said, ‘Such misinformation is among the people that if you take the vaccine, you will die. Vaccines have some adverse effects and include death, but this is rare and rare compared to deaths from Kovid-19. They can talk to their doctors, but in general if they are not of very weak immunity then they can take the vaccine. ‘
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At the same time, there are some people from the community who are willing to take the vaccine, but they do not have the necessary documents. 50-year-old Chandni, who dances at weddings and family events, said that she is a diabetic and wants to get vaccinated as soon as possible. He said that he does not have the necessary documents to get the vaccine. He said, ‘If I go to perform anywhere on the occasion of celebration, I am asked if anyone in my family or I do not have signs of infection and I have taken the vaccine or not. In such a situation, getting a vaccine is very important for my safety and livelihood.
At the same time, 44-year-old Sameena (name changed) said that she has an Aadhaar card but does not have a smartphone and is hesitant to visit the center herself as she is afraid that she may be discriminated against there. Sameena passes by begging at the traffic signal. People like Chandni and Sameena are waiting for the government’s special vaccination campaign. The central government recently asked states to ensure that there is no discrimination against transgender people at vaccination centers. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has appealed to the states to undertake vaccination awareness campaigns especially among the transgender community and ensure that they are aware of the vaccination process.