Unequal vaccinations between men and women in India

Indian activists and scholars have warned that there are huge gender differences in vaccination in India, and that women’s vaccination process lags far behind that of men, mainly due to the country’s deep-rooted structural inequality and patriarchal values.

According to the British “Guardian” report on the 28th, data from the Indian national statistics website CoWin showed that as of June 25, India had issued 309 million vaccine doses in the first half of the year, and women received 143 million doses, which was about 23 million doses less than men.

According to reports, in many states in India, women’s vaccination process is slow. Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal only allocate 40% of the vaccines to women; in the western Dadra-Nagar Haveli region, only 30% of women can be vaccinated.

Imad, a researcher at IDFC Research Institute, an Indian think tank, said that there are many reasons why Indian women cannot or do not want to be vaccinated. Imad said: “There are rumors that vaccination will affect fertility and menstruation, and many Indian women are hesitant.” There are also some women who don’t use smartphones, don’t know how to make appointments, and don’t know where the vaccination center is. . In addition, Indian women usually need permission from their husbands to get vaccinated, but even if they can be vaccinated, if their husbands cannot accompany them to the vaccination center, they will miss the opportunity to get vaccinated.