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Giridih: Officer on vax duty attacked, suffers multiple injury

Giridih: A circle officer of in Bengabad block in Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Sunday was allegedly attacked by an aggrieved man during a vaccination drive owing to hesitancy. The injured official was identified as Krishna Kumar Marandi. Local sources said that he suffered multiple injuries and fracture on his left hand. He is out of danger though, said sources. The accused is identified as Ram Chandra Thakur.  

The incident occurred in Mahuar village in the morning when Marandi was touring the hamlet with vaccination team as part of door to door campaign to increase vaccination coverage. Talking to local reporters in the evening, Marandi said, “I was hold public meeting to motivate locals for taking covid-19 vaccine when he (Thakur) turned up and suddenly lost cool shouting that he won’t take vaccine. He charged on me with an iron rod.” Police have detained the person.

Notably, state government has rolled out month long vaccine drive across all the districts since December 16 with an aim to achieve 100 percent coverage by January 15. The rate of inoculation however is still to gain pace even as 10 days have passed since the start of the special drive. As per last night’s vaccine bulletin, of 2.41 eligible beneficiaries, 75 percent have taken their first dose while only 44 percent have received both the shots. As far as Giridih is concerned, only 37 percent of the total estimated adult population (17,88,159) are fully vaccinated so far.