Three elderly women who went to a government hospital for Covid vaccine on Thursday were given anti-rabies shots instead, in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, India. The women fell ill after getting the anti-rabies shot,One of the women said she was sure she was given the anti-rabies vaccine, as she felt dizzy after reaching home and above that, she was not asked for her Aadhaar card at the center. The incident took place at Kandhla Community Health Center in Shamli. It was also noted that the health workers in the facility were unable to understand the difference between the COVID-19 and rabies vaccines.”We have received a detailed report on this episode and we found the women did go to get their Covid vaccinations but by mistake they did not go to the first-floor vaccination centre and instead went to the OPD, where the pharmacist, who was leaving for some work, asked a private person – the pharmacist of a ‘Jan Aushadi Kendra’ — to give them anti-rabies shots,” said Jasjit kaur, District Magistrate.
The pharmacist was suspended. A complaint has been filed and the chief medical officer (CMO) said an inquiry into the incident is underway in connection with the incident. The state has reported a record 9,695 fresh cases.