Governments and law and order authorities around the world are coming up with unique and innovative ways to increase vaccination. In the US, some governments have decided to incentivize people with beer, marijuana, and even hunting rifles for taking the jabs.
While such incentives have not been introduced in India, authorities are taking steps and organising campaigns to boost vaccination among people of all age groups.
In some parts of rural India, police are now making unvaccinated citizens wear signs with a skull and crossbones, the universal symbol for danger, according to a Reuters report.
Although the move is aimed to encourage more vaccinations, it has stoked anger on social media and among those who are already irked about the shortage of vaccines in their region.
According to officers in the Niwari district of central Madhya Pradesh, the policy was introduced to encourage more vaccinations.
"Watching the low vaccination rate in our district we decided to honour the people who got vaccinated, but then we also found a large number of people who were not vaccinated," Santosh Patel, a sub-divisional police officer posted in the Prithvipur block of Niwari district, told Reuters on Thursday.
"So to teach them a lesson and encourage them to get vaccinated, we administrated an oath to get them inoculated as soon as possible," he added.
The vaccinated people were given a sign with the colour of the Indian National Flag. It also had the words 'I am a nationalist' written on it.
However, the unvaccinated people were given signs with skulls and crossbones with a message that read: "Do not come near me, I am not vaccinated. Please stay away from me," according to sub-divisional police officer Patel.
Reports have said the move has now stoked anger on social media, with users calling it 'stigmatising' and 'insulting'.