Several vaccination centres in Bonai area of Sundergarh district witnessed unprecedented rush after rumours regarding discontinuation of ration supply to unvaccinated people began to swirl in the area.
Mad rush of vaccine-eligible people were seen at Bonai Sub-divisional hospital, Lahunipada hospital, Gurundia and other centres. Even some fear-stricken people stood in long queues outside vaccination centres since 3 am to get inoculated.
There were rumours that ration cards of people who failed to get Covid jabs by August 15 will be discontinued.
“We heard that we will not get rice and our ration card will become obsolete if we do not get vaccinated. We have been waiting at the vaccination centre since 3 am. But given the huge crowd, there is doubt whether we will get the vaccine,” said Subhasini Mahanta of Lahunipada.
Dhaneswar Kisan of Thakurpalli said, “There are speculations that August 15 is the last date to get inoculated. After that, ration will not be given to unvaccinated people and they will also be deprived of other entitlements. Besides, there are rumours that people have to pay for vaccine after the date is expired.”
“Over 1000 people have turned up to get the jabs, but we were told only 200 doses of vaccine is available at the centre,” he added.
Bonai sub-collector Pradeep Kumar Dang said the rumours were false.
“No such announcement has been made. If any such rumours are spread, I will direct all block development officers (BDOs) to take measures to create public awareness in Panchayat levels. All will be vaccinated against Covid-19 in a phased manner. I appeal all not to believe in such rumours,” Dang said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Ranendra Pratap Swain has requested people not to believe in such rumours.
"No such direction to cancel ration cards of people who have not taken Covid vaccine has been issued either by the State government or the district administration," said Swain.
ମୋର ସୁନ୍ଦରଗଡ ଜନସାଧାରଣଙ୍କୁ ବିନମ୍ର ଅନୁରୋଧ ଯେ କୌଣସି ଗୁଜବରେ ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରନ୍ତୁ ନାହିଁ ।— Ranendra Pratap Swain (@rajaaswain) August 14, 2021
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As per the information in the State government’s Covid dashboard, a total of 8,58,509 people have been vaccinated in Sundergarh so far. While 6,79,545 people have received first dose, 1,78,964 got second dose.