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Covid-19 vaccination: Nearly 2 lakh get shots on day 1; Delhi, Maha, R’than report adverse events

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Covid-19 vaccination: Nearly 2 lakh get shots on day 1; Delhi, Maha, R’than report adverse events

New Delhi: On January 16, India kick-started first phase of  its nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19, where 1,91,181 healthcare and frontline workers received inoculation against the pandemic that claimed 1,52,093 lives and upended millions of lives in the country.

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Though these two indigenous coronavirus vaccines; Covaxin developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and Covishield by the Serum Institute, were claimed to be a ‘sanjivani’, life infusing, in the fight against the killer virus, by Health Ministry, adverse events were reported from Delhi, Maha, R’than, where beneficiaries developed mild to severe reactions post-vaccination.

Among 4,319 healthcare workers, 52 who received the Covid jab on Saturday reported adverse events post vaccination. Where 51 reported minor events, one person received his Covid-19 shot at Northern Railway Central Hospital reported severe effects and was referred to a hospital.

However, as per the CPRO Northern Railway, Deepak Kumar, the individual had developed adverse effects primarily due to his undisclosed co-morbidities. “He suffers from high blood-pressure, sugar and liver problem. His blood pressure was high while receiving the vaccine that he did not disclose, which likely caused the impact. He was kept under observation for two hours and declared fine,” said Mr. Kumar.

Furthermore, the rest of the 51 vaccination impacts were reportedly minor, as per officials. “The vaccine is safe and effective but adverse occurrences happen with other vaccines too.”

Another case, where a person required admission to the hospital, was reported late in the evening from AIIMS, in addition to the data shared by the government. The healthcare worker had reportedly received the vaccine during the day and was admitted following fever and pain at the injection site, as per sources.

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Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech, whose Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin has been cleared for emergency use while still in the clinical trial, has asserted that it will pay compensation to any beneficiary who will face serious adverse after-effects post-vaccination. To note, the Indian drug regulator, DCGI, had approved SII’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use on 2 January.

Highlights of the world’s biggest vaccination drive against Covid-19

–Sanitation worker Manish Kumar became the first person in the country to receive inoculation against coronavirus on Saturday. Kumar had received his vaccine shot at New Delhi’s (AIIMS).

— As per government, 21,291 Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in Uttar Pradesh followed by 18,328 in Maharashtra, 18,412 in Andhra Pradesh and 18,169 in Bihar among other states.

–Beside healthcare and frontline workers, additional 3,429 beneficiaries were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Defence institutions, including the Indian Army and the Indian Navy.

–Total number of post Covid-19 vaccination allergic reaction in Delhi stands at 52 out of which only one is severe, according to the Delhi Government.

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–Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 14 cases of adverse events on the very first day of Covid-19 vaccination drive in the state, none of them fatal. More than 14,000 beneficiaries, about 50% of those supposed to be vaccinated on Day 1 had received the shots.

–As many as 14 cases of immunisation (AEFI) were reported in West Bengal on the first day of the nationwide coronavirus vaccination drive. “Total 15,707 healthcare beneficiaries vaccinated in the state today. 14 cases of AEFI were reported including one serious case (condition stable) of AEFI admitted at NRS Medical College,” the West Bengal Health Department said.

–Whereas in Telangana, 11 mild AEFI cases were reported right after the vaccination started against Coronavirus in the state. The beneficiaries felt pain, giddiness and sweating, which are reportedly most common in any vaccination programme.

— In Rajasthan, out of 12,558 people who received the first shot of Covid-19 vaccination on day one, there were 21 cases of AEFI in nine districts of the state.

Indian government’s ambitious plan to inoculate nearly 30 crore people with two doses of its Covid-19 vaccines in the first six to eight months of 2021, started on January 16. In its first phase of inoculation only frontline workers will be vaccinated against the virus and then around 27 crore people older than 50 will be given Covid shot.

The historic coronavirus vaccination drive was done during 3,352 sessions conducted by 16,755 vaccinators making it the biggest coronavirus vaccination drive launched by PM Modi. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had virtually interacted with the health ministers of all states and Union Territories, congratulating officials for the successful roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

To note, on its first day as many as 1,91,181 healthcare and frontline workers received the first dose. The vaccination drive was carried out by 16,755 personnel held across the country during 3,352 sessions.

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