A recent scam at a housing society in Mumbai has revealed the perils that lurk in vaccine outreach programmes.
Close on its heels, a couple of more such incidents were reported of vaccination camps that were allegedly not linked to hospitals and did not give proper vaccine certificates. Besides such outright scams, reports from other parts of the country also revealed that some vaccination camps breeched the price-cap set by government for vaccinations done at a private hospital.
Vaccines are allegedly being given at prices between ₹1,500 and ₹2,500, says an industry insider.
But experts caution that a crime, which is what the scam vaccination camp is, should not deter the State and hospitals from undertaking legitimate outreach initiatives to make vaccines more accessible.
Dr Rahul Pandit, with the Supreme Court-appointed National Covid Taskforce, said unscrupulous elements who indulge in crime reflect a criminal…