In a very shocking incident, three elderly women were allegedly given anti-rabies shots instead of coronavirus vaccine. This incident took place in a government hospital in Shamli district. Saroj (70), Anarkali (72) and Satyavati (60) fell ill after taking the vaccine from a Community Health Centre in Shamli.
Jasjit Kaur, District Magistrate, Shamli, in a video statement to reporters said that "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 center 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."
Kaur said that "I have instructed the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) to suspend the pharmacist."
Anarkali, one of the women said that she felt dizzy after returning home and had doubts at the hospital too when she was not asked for her Aadhaar card which is mandatory for vaccine beneficiary registration.
Satyavathi said that "I asked what injection they had given me and the man told me it was a rabies vaccine. Before that, I had asked the man at the counter if vaccinations were being done here and he said yes, go buy a ₹ 10 syringe and come and I will administer the vaccine."