A woman in India recently threatened health officials with a giant snake in an attempt to avoid receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to multiple reports. The incident was captured on video and later shared on social media.
IBTimes reported that the incident took place in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. A medical team was carrying out a door-to-door vaccine drive in the Nagelav village when Kamla Devi exited her home with a giant snake.
For reasons unknown, Devi — an alleged snake charmer — did not want to receive the vaccine. So, she threatened to use the snake as a weapon against the officials if they tried to administer the jab, said Times Now News. A video clip of the encounter shared to Twitter by Indian outlet Lokmat shows Devi, snake in hand, arguing with the medical team.
In the video clip, Devi allegedly threatens to throw the snake onto the medical team, said Times Now News.
Of course, Devi isn’t the first Indian villager willing to go to extreme lengths to avoid the jab.
In May, Newsweek reported that residents of the Sisodia village in Barabanki “fled their homes” when a medical team arrived to administer vaccines.
“We reached the village with a medical team to vaccinate villagers. However, as soon as they saw us approaching, many of them ran away. When we tried to stop them, they jumped in the river,” sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rajiv Shukla said, according to the Times of India.
Also in May, a man in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district was arrested after posting a video that shows him eating a snake. According to India Today, the man believed that eating the snake would help protect against COVID-19.
The officials in the Nagelav village were frightened of Devi’s snake; however, they remained at her doorstep and spoke to her about the importance of the vaccine.
Area residents rushed to watch the heated exchange and were reportedly asked to help persuade Devi into taking the vaccine. Finally, after hours of back-and-forth conversation, she and her family agreed to get vaccinated.
The medical team also administered the jab to 20 other villagers, reported Times Now News.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been a total of 34,067,719 reported cases of COVID in India, the New York Times reported. The paper also stated that 452,124 Indian residents have died from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Times added that 20 percent of Indian residents have been fully vaccinated, while 51 percent have received at least one dose.