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Women are falling behind in India's Covid-19 vaccination drive

June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 23.3%. 1 min read.

NOIDA, INDIA - JUNE 7: A man above the age of 45 being vaccinated against Covid-19, at sector 30 district hospital, on June 7, 2021 in Noida, India. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times)

Many more men in India have received Covid-19 vaccines than women, government data showed on Tuesday, highlighting gender disparity in the country's immunization drive that has also disadvantaged the rural population.

Many more men in India have received Covid-19 vaccines than women, government data showed on Tuesday, highlighting gender disparity in the country's immunization drive that has also disadvantaged the rural population.

"We are noticing that men, especially in towns and villages, prefer to take the vaccine before women as they have to travel for work, while women are relegated to domestic chores," said Prashant Pandya, medical superintendent at a big government hospital in the western state of Gujarat.

"The government will have to ramp up awareness programs in rural India to ensure women understand the importance of vaccines and prioritize themselves in this race to secure the two shots," said Sudha Narayanan, a former bureaucrat who worked in the health ministry in New Delhi.

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