A video of a nurse administering an empty syringe and passing it off as COVID-19 vaccine has been shared as an incident from Uttar Pradesh.

The video was also circulated on Facebook with the same claim.


नर्स ने इंजेक्शन में दवाई कब भरी अगर किसी को दिखे तो जरूर बताएं। इसी तरह यूपी में टीकाकरण हो रहा है।

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Posted by Rajneesh Joshi on Monday, June 28, 2021

Alt News received numerous requests to fact-check the video on our mobile application.

Video from Bihar

We performed a keyword search that led us to a Jansatta story dated June 25, 2021 and titled, “Bihar: Nurse administers empty syringe instead of COVID-19 vaccine.” The incident is from Bihar’s Chapra area, where a nurse inoculated a young man who had come to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with an empty syringe.

According to Jansatta, the young man’s friend managed to capture the incident on his phone and posted the video to social media platforms. He apparently had filmed the whole thing by accident.

ABP News also posted the video reporting that the incident occurred in Chapra, Bihar.

#ViralVideo | नर्स ने वैक्सीन भरे बिना खाली सिरिंज युवक को लगाई

बिहार के छपरा का एक वीडियो सामने आया है जिसमें एक नर्स कोरोना टीकाकरण के दौरान वैक्सीन भरे बिना एक युवक को खाली सिरिंज लगाती दिख रही है. वीडियो वायरल होने के बाद एक अधिकारी ने गुरुवार को बताया कि संबंधित नर्स को तुरंत टीकाकरण कार्य से हटा दिया गया है और 48 घंटों के भीतर संतोषजनक जवाब नहीं मिलने पर कार्रवाई की जाएगी.

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Posted by ABP News on Thursday, June 24, 2021

News18 Hindi said that the Health Department terminated Chanda Devi, the nurse who administered the empty injection. Devi explained that she had made the error due to the number of people gathered there. The report states, “After the matter came to light, District Immunization Officer Ajay Kumar Sharma declared that the young man who did not get the vaccine would be administered the first dose once again.”

Therefore, the video is from Bihar’s Chapra, not Uttar Pradesh.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.