In Jharkhand, tribal Christians are refusing to take the Covid vaccine due to fear of death. The tribals in Khunti, Gumla and adjoining districts blocked medical teams that had been sent to carry out vaccinations.
“I am surprised that even educated tribal Christians are refusing to take the vaccination. There is speculation among the people that after receiving the Covid jab, they may develop fever, blindness, weakness and even may die," Ratan Tirkey, a member of the tribal advisory committee of Jharkhand, told UCA News.
Meanwhile, Church leaders including Archbishop Felix Toppo of Ranchi Diocese have urged people to come forward and take the Covid-19 vaccination as it can save them from the deadly disease.