Officials said the mistake occurred due to a technical glitch in the date-entry software. Due to this the health department had trouble in downloading the first dose data.
A mega Covid-19 vaccination program in a remote village in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh failed as 27 villagers were given mixed doses of the vaccine due to administrative oversight. Although health officials have claimed that it has no side effects. In fact, the people of Gudyanampally village of Penumur mandal were given the Kovishield vaccine for their first job in the first week of April. At the same time, the health workers gave him Covaxin as a second dose last Sunday. According to the information received, the staff did not examine the patients regarding the first dose and gave them the second dose as Covaxin.
Officials said the mistake occurred due to a technical glitch in the date-entry software. This caused trouble for the health department to download the first dose data, forcing the ANM (Auxiliary nurse midwife) to rely on physical records. Health officials said that it is a matter of relief that the villagers who received different doses did not face any kind of side effect. “Those who are responsible for this will be punished,” he said.
Because the nurse could not download the data
The nurse was not able to download the data due to a technical fault. Without contacting the villagers, he vaccinated about 27 people. DM and HO said that the matter has been investigated. He said that the Medical and Health Department will seek clarification from those who do this and action will be taken if found guilty. He said that the villagers are supporting the ANM. “The villagers say that this ANM has been serving them a lot for the past several months. They are requesting us not to take any action on ANM.
Villagers accused the officials
Officials said that our medical teams are camping in the village and are closely monitoring their health condition. While the villagers allege that no health officer came to meet them. He told the media that the mistake was discovered when one of the people getting the vaccine saw the vaccine vial and questioned the health officials. The villagers said that they are scared of the result.
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