Bengaluru: Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil along with his wife got the COVID-9 vaccine at his Hirekerur residence in Haveri district instead of getting vaccinated at the designated hospital, leading to a controversy.
“This is not allowed in the protocol. We have asked for a report from the state,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
On day 2 of the Covid-19 inoculation drive, which was held to cover people above the age of 60 years or above the age of 45 with co-morbidities, Patil and his wife got the coronavirus vaccine at their Hirekerur residence which is 330 kilometres from Bengaluru.
Patil, who has earlier been tested positive for Covid, tweeted about it: “Took the #COVID19 Vaccine with my wife, at my Hirekerur house from the government doctors today. While “Made in India” vaccines are being immensely appreciated by many countries, some vested interest groups are spreading false information about the vaccines.”
As per the guidelines, the vaccines need to be administered at the designated vaccine centers in taluks and districts,said Hirekerur Health Officer Dr ZR Makandar. “The minister asked us to vaccinate him at his residence, so we went there.” After it all went viral, the Union Health Ministry took a note of pictures and videos getting trolled on social media, titled “VVIP Culture”. Many more people raised questions about Patil’s VVIP culture.
Health Minister K Sudhakar confirmed his dissatisfaction over the decision taken by Patil. “Unless there is prior permission, no one can go home to vaccinate. It’s wrong,” Sudhakar said. The State government issued a show-cause notice to Haveri Health officer Dr Jayananad regarding the same.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other central ministers went to the hospital to take their vaccinations doses.
Patil reacted to the ongoing complaints being titled “VVIP Culture”and said “Have I committed a theft or a robbery? I have only taken the vaccine at home.”
He further stated that if he would have come to the hospital for vaccination, it would have created trouble for people waiting there for their term.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa supported Patil and said, “It does not matter where he was administered the vaccine. The most important thing is he took it.”