Former Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday said the Muslim community in the country is avoiding COVID vaccination as it has apprehensions and misconceptions about the vaccine.
“The Muslim community in our country at present – I am deliberately taking name – is keeping away from vaccination. They still have hesitation, apprehensions and misconceptions,” Rawat told reporters at the World Blood Donor Day in Rishikesh.
He appealed social organisations and the media to raise awareness in the community that the vaccine is not harmful, according to a report by The Indian Express.
“If you do not take the vaccine, this disease will not get over and anybody can fell prey to it and we can become a super spreader. I appeal all to come forward for vaccination,” said Rawat. He also added that development of herd immunity is possible when 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated.
The former CM said the Pakistan government has announced stern measures such as blocking phones and stopping salaries of those who are avoiding vaccination. Such steps can create awareness among masses, he said.
Trivendra Singh Rawat, following a tiff between him and the party’s siding towards the conduct of grand Kumbh Mela, quit as the chief minister of Uttarakhand in March.