In a freak case, a resident of Cansaulim was provided a provisional COVID vaccination certificate without he having taken a first dose of anti-COVID vaccine.
This is how it happened – L F Saldanha, a resident of Cansaulim was working as a seaman. In February 2021, the company in which he was working, registered all the crew members, irrespective of age for vaccination in the list of frontline workers, and the CoWIN
portal accepted that.
“Since the CoWIN portal was open, my company registered us all for vaccine jabs under the frontline workers group. The portal accepted the registration and many got vaccinated. I got a message for selection of date for my vaccination and I chose April 19 as my convenient date,” explained Saldanha.
“On April 18, I got the message on my mobile that on April 19, I have to go to Cansaulim Primary Health Centre between 9 am and 11 am for vaccination. But when I reached the health centre, I was told by doctor and nurses that they ‘cannot give me vaccine dose today ( April 19),’ since the central government had rolled out the vaccination programe in a phased manner, and currently vaccine doses were being given only for those whose age was 45 and above. I did not argue, I came back home. However I was shocked to read another message from the CoWIN portal that ‘my vaccination certificate is ready and that I may download it from the website’,’’
This certificate reads – ‘provisional certificate for COVID-19 vaccination – first dose.
“It is mentioned that I have to come for the second dose between May 17 and June 14, 2021,” he said.
“This is ridiculous. I went straight to Cansaulim health centre since it is mentioned that at this particular place I took my vaccine. There, the doctors and nurses said they ‘cannot do anything now.’ They suggested me to cancel the said certificate and reregister in the age group of 18-44. I tried doing it for a few times, but could not succeed as the CoWIN portal does not accept it and I cannot take the vaccine dose now,’’ narrated dejected Saldanha.