After a 49-year-old woman, in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine shot on the same day, her family has alleged negligence on the part of a government hospital. The woman who developed severe fever and uneasiness after getting vaccinated was admitted in hospital on Sunday and was discharged on Tuesday.

Controversy

Kerala woman gets two shots of Covishield on the same day, family blames hospital

The family says that even after the nurse realised the woman had received the vaccine twice, higher-ups weren’t informed and she was allowed to leave.

Neethu Joseph

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – 15:08

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After a 49-year-old woman, in Kerala’s Kozhikode district, received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine shot on the same day, her family has alleged negligence on the part of a government hospital. The woman who developed severe fever and uneasiness after getting vaccinated was admitted in hospital on Sunday and was discharged on Tuesday.

On March 12, Praseetha who works at a private eye hospital in Kozhikode went to the Government General Hospital in Kozhikode, popularly known as Beach Hospital, to get her first dose of the vaccine.

“According to my mother, after getting vaccinated, she was sitting in the vaccination room and was rubbing the spot where the vaccine was given with some cotton. Suddenly, the same nurse who injected her came and gave her another shot without asking anything. Since my mother was not aware that two doses should have a gap of 28 days, she did not object,” 

However, he said that she asked the nurse whether everyone will be getting two shots. “It was only then that the nurse understood that my mother was vaccinated twice,” Arun said.

Arun alleges that the incident was not reported to any higher-ups and that his mother was allowed to leave and go home. But after coming home, she started to develop a fever the same day. “By Saturday night, the fever was severe and she developed breathlessness and chest pain. We immediately informed the health officials. The next day they sent an ambulance and my mother got admitted to the same hospital,” he says.

The family says that even after the nurse realised the woman had received the vaccine twice, higher-ups weren’t informed and she was allowed to leave.

This incident is against the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government Of India. https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/COVID19VaccineOG111Chapter16.pdf

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