Elderly woman inoculated twice in Jaffna

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

In the wake of an incident where an elderly woman in the Kandy District was jabbed twice with the Moderna vaccine on the same day, comes an incident where yet another elderly woman in Jaffna was allegedly given two shots of the Sinopharm vaccine on both hands at her vaccination centre at St. John’s College, Jaffna on the same day. 

Sources close to the woman’s family said yesterday (1) that the incident had occurred on Friday (30). The woman had alleged that the health worker who vaccinated her the first time had been on the telephone. Therefore, when she had asked twice if she could leave after the jab, the health worker failed to respond, they said.

While the woman had waited for a response, another member of the State health service had walked up to her and given her a second shot of the vaccine. 

Having felt dizzy after being administered two shots of the coronavirus vaccine within minutes, the woman informed a medical practitioner who had been at the centre. Sources said she had been made to sit for a while and then was sent home. 

They said a doctor had visited her at her home subsequently. 

Sources said although the health services were now denying the incident, a medical practitioner at the vaccination centre had examined both the woman’s hands and confirmed that both hands had been injected. 

Sources said the medical authorities at the centre had conducted an audit and noted that the number of vaccines tallied with the number of persons who had received the COVID-19 jab subsequently.

Provincial Director of Health Services, 

Dr. A. Ketheeswaran, said his Regional Epidemiologist had probed the incident and submitted a report, where it was found that the number of vaccines tallied with the number of persons who had been inoculated.

Medical sources said, however, that a complaint had been made to the Governor in this connection, while such incidents and slip ups were not good for the reputation of the State health service, when there were attempts to use the military for the vaccination programme to prove their efficiency. 

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021

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