- Sotik Biswas
- BBC India correspondent
An official from India’s health ministry said a man has received more than eight doses of the Corona virus vaccine in the past year.
Brahmidu Mandal, who is 65, says he received 11 doses of Corona vaccine in Bihar.
The man, who retired from his post, said the doses helped him get rid of aches and pains and keep him “healthy”. He added that he was not suffering from any side effects.
An investigation is underway to find out how Mandal managed to receive so many doses.
“We found evidence that he received eight doses from four locations,” Amarendra Pratap Shahi, a civilian surgeon from Madhepura district, told the BBC.
Since the start of the vaccination campaign in India on January 16 last year, New Delhi has approved two types of homemade vaccines, namely Kovishield and Kovacin. There is a 12 to 16 week delay between two doses of the CoviShield vaccine and four to six weeks for the Covaccin vaccine.
There are over 90,000 vaccination centers, most of which are government-affiliated, across India where vaccination is voluntary.
In these centers, anyone is vaccinated without having to register first on the websites of the Ministry of Health, and the beneficiary must present an identity document – such as a driver’s license or a voting card. – in order to register his name. and receive the vaccine.
The recipient data is then uploaded to a vaccination site in India called Ko Win.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Mr Mandal had managed to obtain “two doses half an hour apart” on the same day, both “recorded at the site”.
Dr Shahi said: “We are amazed that this has happened, there seems to be an error on the site. We are also trying to see if there is negligence on the part of the managers of the vaccination centers.”
“The only way for this to happen is to get vaccination data from vaccination centers after a long period of site downturn,” public health expert Chandrakant Laharia told the BBC.
“But I still wonder how taking Mandal in so many doses over a long period of time was not discovered,” he added.
Mr Mandal, who records with his own hand when and where he received the vaccine, says he received 11 doses between February and December.
Mandal told the BBC he had visited vaccination centers across Madhepura, and at least two neighboring districts, to receive the vaccine. The use of different identity cards to register in vaccination centers.
Mr Mandal said he had “practiced medicine” in his village before he started working as a letter carrier and that he “knew about diseases”.
He added: “After I got the doses the pain and headache went away. I had pain in my knee and used a cane to move around, now I don’t use it anymore, I’m fine. form.”
Side effects of COVID-19 vaccination include fever, headache, fatigue, and pain, and their strength ranges from mild to moderate. Severe allergic symptoms are rare.
“You will most likely experience these symptoms after the first and second doses,” says Dr Laharia. “A lot of these doses are pretty harmless because the antibodies have been formed and the vaccines are made with harmless ingredients.”
65 percent of India’s adult population received the vaccine and 91 percent received at least one dose.
In Bihar, the figures are even lower, 36 percent having received two doses of the vaccine, while 49 percent received at least one dose.