In a bizarre turn of events one person identified as Gananath Bhattacharjee a teacher with Pranabananda Vidyamandir at Silchar in Cachar district of Barak Valley witnessed a messy situation at Durgashankar Pathashala–one of the government registered vaccination centres where he was about to be inoculated with Covishield despite taking Covaxin as the first jab.

“I was literally surprised. Immediately I brought this matter to the notice of centre officials and they rectified it,” Bhattacharjee said.

This is indeed a very shocking incident. However, Northeast Now has learnt from highly placed sources that such incidents have also happened in the past at this vaccination centre.

“I have not received any such complaint on this issue,” Joint director in-charge of Cachar health department Dr B J Deb Sikdar said.

However, when asked about the preservation system of vaccines in these centres the doctor said, “Actually I am not in charge of these vaccination centres. These centres are being monitored by district immunization officer. But I can tell you so far I have not received any adverse report from these vaccination centres.”

In hindsight it also needs to be mentioned here that about 1000 doses of Covishield vaccines were wasted at Silchar Medical College & Hospital (SMCH) in the first week of January, 2021.

Such sort of gross anomalies have been happening over here. Unfortunately the local administration seems to have not learnt any lessons.

Rather it would be apt to say that the administration is still continuing to follow a sort of ‘easy go’ approach.

Meanwhile, Bhattacharjee had offered a suggestion to all those who will be going for their second jab.

“Please go through the cruet. Get confirmed with the vaccine that you are supposed to take,” Bhattacharjee observed.