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Residents of Mumbai housing society allege they were given fake COVID-19 shots

The Mumbai Police has reported that two people have been detained in the matter as more details are awaited.

Residents of Mumbai housing society allege they were given fake COVID-19 shots
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Vaccination drive is being conducted in the entire country with the objective of inoculating the maximum population as fast as possible. Many housing societies in Mumbai too are organising drives to help people in their neighbourhood to get vaccinated.

On June 16, a shocking incident came to light when residents of a housing society claimed that they were given fake vaccination shots. The people in Mumbai’s Kandivali society alleged that they were victims of an elaborate vaccination scam.

According to reports, the investigations in Mumbai’s Hiranandani Estate Society are underway. The initial findings suggest that beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccination have received their certificates with a different date and location.

Moreover, the Mumbai Police has reported that two people have been detained in the matter as more details are awaited.

Hiranandani Estate Society has organised a vaccination drive on May 30, 2021. 390 people had got their jabs on that day inside the society premises. Residents claim that a facilitator by the name of Rajesh Pandey had connected with the committee members of the society and introduced himself as a representative of Kokilaben Ambani Hospital. Post the drive, he had collected cash from the members of the society. 

The probe of the matter is being conducted. 

Earlier on June 10, the Maharashtra government issued a statement informing that more than 2.5 crores vaccine doses have been administered in the state until June 9. Maharashtra has maintained its lead in the country’s vaccination drive, the statement said.

However, with the addition of 2,46,735 citizens being vaccinated on June 10 in Maharashtra, the total count has reached 2,52,66,596, informed Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Moreover, on June 9, 2,97,760 beneficiaries were inoculated in the state.

Meanwhile, Pune district authorities have been able to vaccinate 32.59 lakh beneficiaries as of June 9. Of these, the maximum doses have been administered to people belonging to the above 45 age group, with 17.95 lakh people getting the first dose and 4.2 lakh receiving their second shot whereas Mumbai has administered vaccine doses to nearly 40 lakh beneficiaries while Thane has been able to give the jab to 19.11 lakh beneficiaries.

Besides, terming the low coronavirus vaccination coverage among the healthcare and frontline workers, especially for the second dose, a cause of "serious concern", the Centre advised the states and Union territories to sharpen their focus and prepare effective plans for expediting the second dose coverage among these priority groups.

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