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FAQ: How to Spot Fake COVID Vaccines? Govt SOPs to Check Authenticity

Here's how you can check if your vaccine is fake or not.

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FAQ: How to Spot Fake COVID Vaccines? Govt SOPs to Check Authenticity
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After the World Health Organization (WHO) sounded an alert for counterfeit versions of India-made Covishield in South-East Asia and Africa, the Centre issued guidelines to help people identify whether they are being given authentic vaccines.

How to spot fake vaccines? Here's what the government guidelines say:



  • Check the label of the vaccine. The Serum Institute of India (SII) manufactured Covishield would have a dark green shade label.

  • The aluminium flip-off seal is also in dark green.

  • The brand name with the trademark is mentioned on the vial.

  • The label would also have 'CGS NOT FOR SALE' printed on it.

  • Look out for the SII logo.

  • The entire label has been given a special honeycomb effect.



  • Check for holographic effect on COVAXIN spelling.

  • There will be a green foil effect on the 'X' in COVAXIN spelling.

  • The micro text hidden in the label claims Dots, which is written as Covaxin.


Sputnik V

  • Sputnik has two different labels, since it is manufactured from two different sites.

  • However, all the other information is the same except for the manufacturer's name.

  • For all the imported products till now, the English label is only available on the front and back of the carton of five ampoule pack.

  • On all other sides, including the primary label on the ampoule, it is in Russian.

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