There has been a furor in India over the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party’s election promise to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to the people of Bihar. But the fact is that many Indians are not really waiting eagerly for a vaccine.
Over 60% of Indians are sceptical about a vaccine for Covid-19 even if it becomes available in 2021, according to a recent survey by community social media engagement platform LocalCircles.
Just 12% of respondents said they were willing to get vaccinated and return to their pre-Covid-19 lifestyles.
Coronavirus hurting mental health
The raging pandemic is playing havoc with the mental health of Indians.
Eight months after the pandemic first broke out in India, nearly a third of the respondents in the survey said they were “anxious or worried.” Another 13% said they were “depressed.”