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Vaccination scam in Mumbai housing society; cops probe fake drive in Kokilaben Hospital's name

Around 400 residents of the Hiranandani Estate Society in Kandivali West locality got 'Covishield jab' in the so-called vaccination drive held on May 30.

Vaccination scam in Mumbai housing society cops probe fake drive in Kokilaben Hospital name-VPN
Mumbai, First Published Jun 16, 2021, 9:43 AM IST
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Members of a housing society in Mumbai's Kandivali locality are claiming to be victims of an elaborate vaccination scam that could have robbed residents to the tune of Rs 5 lakh.

Mumbai Police is investigating the claims made by the Hiranandani Estate Society in Kandivali West. 

The initial investigation had revealed that vaccination beneficiaries received their certificates from different date and location despite the vaccination drive being organised in the housing complex premises in partnership with Kokilaben Hospital.

Following queries in this regard, Kokilaben Hospital denied holding any such vaccination drive in the Hiranandani Estate Society and warned people to verify the authenticity of any such drive before sharing personal details.

On May 30, around 400 residents of the housing society received Covishield vaccines inside the society premises. They were charged Rs 1260 per person.

The residents were told that the vaccination data would be sent to the responsible authorities, and only then would the certificate be generated.

Doubts erupted when none of those who were vaccinated showed any usual side effects after vaccination. They didn't get the vaccination certificates either.

The society reportedly started receiving the vaccination certificates two weeks later. But they had been issued not by Kokilaben Hospital but in the name of other hospitals like Lifeline and Nanavati. 

It was then that the housing society members reached out to Kokilaben Hospital, which flatly denied ever deploying its professionals for vaccination in the Kandivali West hospital.

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