Complaint raised on giving COVID vaccine to ineligible people in TVM
Thiruvananthapuram: A complaint has been lodged on giving COVID vaccine to ineligible people in Thiruvananthapuram. It is alleged that many people took the jab of COVID vaccine claiming they have election duty.
Hence, vaccine supply to most of the hospitals were interrupted due to shortage of stock. Following this, the district authority has restricted the supply to private hospitals.
A mega vaccination camp was started at Vellayambalam Jimmy George Indoor Stadium for administering the vaccine to officials on election duty.
Over 1000 people took vaccine from this camp per day where vaccination is in progress for a week.
From employees who are not on election duty to ordinary people who took the vaccine claiming that they got election duty. It is alleged that most of them took the vaccine with the recommendation from higher officials.
Failure to cross-check the registered people also increased the chances of vaccination to ineligible people.
Only less than 30,000 officials are deployed for election duty in the state. But as the ineligible people also rushed to take the vaccine, over 60,000 people took vaccine under the category of officials on election duty.
As the vaccination crossed the limit, the district has only 10,000 dose vaccine in stock.
Observing this, the health department imposed regulations on vaccination in the district.
Registration for vaccination in government hospitals will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday. Only those who registered via the portal and app will be vaccinated on these days.
At the same time, vaccine will not be supplied to private hospitals for two days. Hence, even registered people will not get the vaccine from here.
Earlier, the centre has informed that 21 lakh dose vaccine will be supplied to Kerala on Tuesday.
Vaccination drive in the state will be carried out normally once the hospitals get the new stock.