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A man got the shock of his life when he discovered that his grandfather – who died sixty years ago – received both doses of his Covid-19 vaccine.
Mudasir Siddiq, 33, from Kashmir in India said he found the profile of his late grandfather, Ali Mohammad Bhat, on the CoWIN platform, the platform the Indian government uses for registrations for Covid-19 vaccinations.
The website showed Mr Siddiq that his grandfather, who he thought to be long dead, had had both doses of his vaccine.
“I tested positive for COVID-19 a month ago so I registered to receive my first dose only recently. I also persuaded the rest of my family members to get their shots,” he explained.
"They all got themselves registered through my number. All our respective status reports feature on the same page."
He said the government platform showed all the names of his family members registered under his number – and the list included the name of his late grandfather.
Mr Siddiq was surprised as he had "never seen" him before in his life.
“Even my father has little knowledge of exactly how and when my grandfather died,” he said.
He said the reference number and secret code assigned to his grandfather were unique, while the date of birth and another detail were the same as that of his father.
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Mr Siddiq said: “Even if it’s a technical error, how does the website know the name of my grandfather? We did not even register him."
Statistics show that since the start of the pandemic, over 318,000 cases of the virus have been recorded in Jammu and Kashmir.
There have been 4,350 deaths in the region.
So far, more than 5.15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been given, with 4.3 million having only received their first jab.
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