Parambin Bhaskaran was vaccinated twice in a matter of minutes between Harippad and Karuvatta. Bhaskaran reached Karuvatta Primary Health Center at 11 am yesterday. Covshield received a second dose of the vaccine at 11:30 a.m. after the registration process. He was then sent to the next room. His wife Ponnamma said that a Doscovi shield was also injected into Bhaskaran, a health worker, without even checking the documents.
Bhaskaran had no idea how many injections there were. When Ponnamma returned after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, Bhaskaran asked her if she was taking the second dose. With this, it was learned that Bhaskaran got two injections. Both injections were the second dose of Cowie Shield. Ponnamma then informed the medical officer. The suggestion was to return home and be monitored.
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Bhaskaran was shifted to Harippad Taluk Hospital due to health problems including urinary incontinence in the evening. BP is still high. He was referred to Vandanam Medical College by the hospital authorities but was later directed to remain at the Taluk Hospital.
The health department also confirmed that the two-dose vaccine had been injected incorrectly. Bhaskaran is being monitored by the health department, said Alappuzha DMO Dr Anithakumari. However, the health department claimed that the wrong injection was due to Bhaskaran’s negligence. According to the health department, Bhaskaran did not say when he was first injected with the drug.
At the same time, the incident in Karuvata is undermining the credibility of vaccination procedures, including registration and tokens. The incident also points to the fact that the general public is still not aware of vaccinations. The potential side effects of the two-dose vaccine have not been adequately addressed. Therefore, at present, health workers do not have a clear idea of how this will affect Bhaskaran. However, Bhaskaran’s family lodged a complaint with the Health Minister and the Chief Minister. It is noteworthy what action the health department will take in the fall.