Rushabh Kamdar was thrilled when he found out he would be among the first people to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in his housing complex in Mumbai, after struggling for days to book a slot on the government’s official portal.
Describing it as a “blessing”, the 25-year-old immediately signed up for himself and his brother and says he didn’t give its legitimacy a second thought, as the inoculations were being organised by his resident’s welfare organisation. On 30 June, he and 390-odd neighbours received an injection – just not a Covid vaccine.
Officials from the housing complex only started to investigate what had happened when they did not receive their vaccine certificates for several days. After contacting the authorities about the delay, they found out they were the latest victims of a huge, months-long scam.
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