An 84-year-old man in India gets COVID vaccine 12 times, claiming it cures joint pain

Lena Weib

Brahamdev Mandal claimed the shots got rid of the knee pain he had been suffering for 8 years

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A jab-happy pensioner in India illegally took twelve doses of the COVID-19 vaccine before police caught up with him.

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Brahamdev Mandal, an 84-year-old resident in Bihar who received 11 doses in roughly ten months, faces a slew of charges, according to a complaint made by Primary Health Care (PHC) in Puraini.

Mandal on some occasions used the ID cards of people who needed the lifesaving medicine and would lie to health officials, according to the complaint. The retired postman booked dates at different vaccine centres, including two with 30 minutes of each other in April.

“We have already found evidence that he took eight jabs from four places,” Amarendra Pratap Shahi, civil surgeon of Madhepura, told the BBC.

Mandal who “kept detailed handwritten” notes of the dates, times and location of the vaccine, told BBC he actually received 11 doses between February and December.

His twelfth, which was not set to be his last, was taken on Jan. 4, police say.

The vaccine buff said he wanted to feel stronger and claimed the shots got rid of the joint pain he had been suffering for 8 years.

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“After taking the jabs my body aches and pain disappeared. I used to have knee pain and walked with a stick. Now I don’t. I feel fine,” he said. Mandal said he took nine vaccines using his own ID card.

Countries have offered a fourth booster dose of the vaccine to some groups and Turkey rolled out a fifth. Taking twelve jabs, on the other hand, is new and is not advised by any health unit.

Fortunately for Mandal, he should experience no significant side effects, a doctor told BBC.

“You will usually get these reactions after the first and the second dose. Multiple doses of these vaccines should be fairly harmless, as antibodies have already been formed and the vaccines are made up of harmless components,’ Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya told the broadcaster.

I used to have knee pain and walked with a stick. Now I don’t

India began administrating COVID vaccines in Jan. 16, 2021. The country inoculated close to 90 per cent of the eligible population with at least one shot while 65 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In the state of Bihar, however, only 49 per cent of the population has received at least one dose and only 36 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Mandal was booked under sections 188, 419 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code respectively, according to a police officer with Puraini police station.

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