A photo is being shared on social media claiming it as the visuals of Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel faking his COVID-19 vaccine jab to fool people. The image shows a nurse administering Bhupesh Baghel a syringe with a needle cap over it. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel faked receiving his COVID-19 vaccine jab.
Fact: On 27 May 2021, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel had received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Smriti Medical college in Raipur. A few journalists present at the spot missed capturing Bhupesh Baghel’s photos while he was getting vaccinated. Following the journalist’s request for another pose, Bhupesh Bhagel had posed with a nurse holding another syringe that had a needle cap over it. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
On searching for this photo using the relevant keywords, we found that the image was recently shot while Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel was receiving his second dose of vaccination at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Smriti Medical college in Raipur. According to the news articles published by ‘Patrika‘ and ‘NaiDunia‘, CM Bhupesh Baghel had successfully received his second vaccination dose on 27 May 2021. Bhupesh Baghel had received his first dose on 09 April 2021.
On the official Facebook page, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel had shared a picture of him receiving the second dose. The nurse in the photo was administering Bhupesh Baghel a normal syringe with no needle cap over it. Chhattisgarh Congress leader Idris Gandhi had shared the video of CM Bhupesh Baghel getting his second dose at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Smriti Medical college in Raipur. In the video, it is clearly visible that Bhupesh Baghel had received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking to BOOM regarding this photo, Raipur Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Dr. Meera Baghel said, “He (CM Baghel) had already taken the second dose which some photojournalists present there who could not capture, after which they had requested him to pose again. So, he posed for them with the nurse holding another syringe with had a needle cap on as can be seen in the viral photo”.
To sum it up, the photo shows Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel posing for a picture for journalists and not faking taking the vaccine.