Updated: July 1, 2021 1:45:54 am
The Union Health Ministry has written to the West Bengal government to inquire into allegedly unauthorised Covid-19 vaccination camps organised in Kolkata and submit a report within two days.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal Hari Krishna Dwivedi, referring to a letter written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan by Suvendu Adhikari, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal on vaccination camps being organised by unauthorised people in Kolkata . “…it is requested that the matter may be urgently enquired into and the factual position about the serious allegations raised in the letter….and that strict action may be taken in the matter,” said Adhikari’s letter.
In his letter, Bhushan said that in some of these camps, and notably in Kasba locality of Kolkata Municipal area, none of the beneficiaries have received any vaccination certificates generated from CoWIN, giving rise to apprehensions about the genuineness of these vaccination camps.
Bhushan underlined that as per the vaccination guidelines, all vaccination sessions for COVID-19 have to be organised through CoWIN, and all vaccinations too have to be recorded on the portal. “Also vaccination certificates are generated from Co-WIN after the vaccination events are successfully recorded by the vaccinators and that, these certificates are then given to the beneficiaries in digital or physical form,” Bhushan said.
Bhushan said the Centre has advised states from time to time that vaccination certificates must be issued to beneficiaries. “Non-issuance of these certificates therefore does lead to apprehension of ‘fake’ vaccination camps and also raises doubts on contents of injections delivered in such camps. Such instances, if not promptly enquired into and suitably addressed, may also lead to the possibility of their recurrence,” Bhushan said.