Thane Man Mistakenly Jabbed for Rabies Instead of Covid-19

A resident of Kalwa in Maharashtra’s Thane city was mistakenly administered an anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) instead of the Covid-19 jab.

Rajkumar Yadav, 45, recently had surgery on his lower back. So he went to the Primary health centre to inquire if he can get the Covid-19 vaccine. The doctor told him that he can take the Covid-19 vaccine and told him to stand in the queue. Rajkumar was unable to stand due to the operation, so one person from the hospital told him to go and take a seat in one of the rooms. When his turn came, the nurse jabbed him in both the arms. This made him suspicious so he asked her what dose was he injected with. The nurse told him that it was an anti-rabies vaccine (ARV). Rabies is a dangerous disease that occurs in animals like cats, dogs, bats, monkeys, etc. When they bite humans, they can spread the virus to us. This is why whenever a human gets bitten by such animals they have to take the vaccine immediately. When Yadav realised he was given the rabies vaccine, he was shocked. The nurse did not see the case papers or ask him for which vaccine he had come there. 

Sandeep Malvi, Additional Municipal Commissioner of Thane said, “Rajkumar Yadav mistakenly went and sat in a queue meant for ARV. When his turn came to get the shot, the nurse, Kirti Rayat, did not check his case papers or inform him about the vaccine dose administered. The nurse and the medical officer should have informed the patient about the vaccine being administered and should have checked the case papers before giving any vaccine. Such negligence will not be tolerated. We have suspended the nurse and person who told Yadav to sit in the room. Yadav’s condition is stable and we have been monitoring his health. TMC is not new to such goof-ups. In August, several vaccine doses went missing from one of its vaccine centres in Mumbra and were found at a hair transplant clinic. In May, few celebrities were jabbed out of turn. Also a woman was vaccinated thrice on the same day and a senior citizen was given the certificate without being jabbed.