Sagar: The standard norm is one syringe per person. This was not applied at a private school in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar city on Thursday. The vaccinator did not change his syringe and used it to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to 39 children. The vaccinator has been identified as Jitendra Ahirwar, and an FIR has been registered against him at the Gopal Ganj police station under Section 336 (rash or negligent act endangering human life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The incident was revealed when some parents of students at Jain Higher Secondary School saw the vaccinator administer the vaccine to students without changing the syringe. This way, 39 children aged 15 and above, from Classes 9 to 12, were vaccinated with the same syringe, as per health officials.
Parents started protesting, and it took an ugly turn. Dr D K Goswami, the district’s Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), then arrived at the school to investigate the situation.
Meanwhile, the vaccinator Ahirwar ran away from the spot and was not found in the school premises. CMHO himself inspected the school. But the assailant was not found.
CMHO, after getting this news, issued a departmental probe and action against the district vaccination was ordered by the district collector.
Health officials examined all the vaccinated 39 children and 19 of them were normal. The remaining children were asked to wait, said Goswami.