Velhe panchayat samiti chairman gets vaccine

PUNE: The Pune ZP has set up a two-member panel to look into reports of a panchayat samiti member receiving the vaccine during Thursday’s drive in Velhe village.
A photo of Velhe panchayat samiti chairman Dinkar Sarpale getting the shot was circulated on social media.
The panel would visit the vaccination centre on Saturday, examine the records and submit a report the same day.
As per reports, Sarpale — an elected representative — received the vaccine that is currently restricted to frontline and healthcare workers, and officers and workers of Panchayat Raj institutions.
“We will take a decision once we get the report,” Pune ZP CEO Ayush Prasad said.
“When I reached the centre on Thursday morning, one container of vials was opened, but there were not enough frontline or healthcare workers. Once the beneficiaries present got the shot, the rest would have gone to waste,” Sarpale told TOI.
A beneficiary’s name is confirmed only through CoWIN app. Tehsil health officer Ambadas Deokar said on Friday that Sarpale and four other members were mistakently enrolled. “A data-entry operator said he was assumed Sarpale and the other members were beneficiaries and entered their names in the database,” Deokar added.
“I was not at the vaccination centre at the time. Sarpale and the other members got confirmation messages and alerts. Our staff vaccinated Sarpale, but I stopped the others from receiving the dose. I have told my staff not to vaccinate other members of the samiti,” Deokar added.

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