Amidst the second wave of COVID-19 in India, 20 people in the Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh have been administered the wrong vaccine dosage. The incident took place during a vaccination drive at a primary health centre in Barhni block.
In the first dosage, they received a shot of Covishield (AstraZeneca) in early April, but then in the second dosage, they were given locally developed Covaxin.
According to the officials, all the 20 people are healthy and no side effects have been seen so far.
Clarification was being sought from officials on the ground after a probe was conducted into the lapse and action would be taken accordingly.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “The case was an abominable example of negligence by the BJP government and demanded that the affected persons be monitored by doctors.”
“A nurse from the Primary Health centre was suspended over the incident, and action has been initiated against a doctor, who was in charge of the facility," Siddharthnagar District Magistrate, Deepak Meena said.
Several types of research are being conducted to see if it is safe to mix up various vaccines.