2.2 Lakh People Given COVID Vaccine So Far; 447 Adverse Events Reported: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry said 2,07,229 people were vaccinated on day one of the vaccination drive in India, the highest day one number in the world.
New Delhi: A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine across India so far, and 2,07,229 of them were vaccinated on day one, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
This was the highest day one vaccination number in the world, the Health Ministry said adding that the number was higher than the US, UK and France on day one of the vaccination drive.
Addressing a press briefing, the Health Ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the total people vaccinated so far, 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported and only three required hospitalisation.
447 cases of AEFI (Adverse event following immunization) reported on 16th and 17th January, only three required hospitalisation: Health Ministry pic.twitter.com/7ThLaoQKAw
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“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” the Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive.
The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.
Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports.
“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.
He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.
India has approved two vaccines — Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India — for emergency use in the country.
According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities.
(With inputs from PTI)