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52 Healthcare Workers Show Adverse Reactions COVID-19 Vaccine Shot in Delhi, 1 Hospitalised

One vaccine recipient experienced severe side-effects like headache, rashes, respiratory distress and tachycardia and was hospitalised at AIIMS.

Published: January 16, 2021 10:41 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Sharmita Kar

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New Delhi: At least 52 healthcare workers who were administered the first jab of coronavirus vaccine in Delhi on Saturday suffered side-effects. While 51 of them showed minor reactions, one recipient suffered a severe case of Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) on the Day 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the Delhi government said.

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“A few AEFI cases were reported but most were minor and the persons were normalised during observation period. Only one severe AEFI case was reported in South Delhi,” said a top government official.

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The vaccine recipient who experienced severe side-effects was immediately admitted to the ICU ward at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he developed headache, rashes, respiratory distress and tachycardia. Doctors and eye witnesses said he was given Avil and Hydrocortisone initially, but it showed no improvement. As a result, doctors decided to stabilise the reactions using adrenaline.

Reaction to Vaccine Shot Not Necessarily Bad

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunisation and does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine is known as AEFI.

Delhi Misses Vaccination Target on Day 1

Administration of coronavirus vaccine started in Delhi at 81 centres across the city on Saturday. Each Centre was targeted to administer vaccines to 100 people (health workers). Against a target of 8,117 health workers to be vaccinated on the first day of the drive in 11 districts of Delhi, a total of 4,319 were administered the vaccine, figures showed.

Northwest and west Delhi districts had the highest target of 1,100 vaccinations each where 706 and 487 people, respectively, were vaccinated. At the same time, in northeast Delhi, there were two vaccination centres and a total of 77 people were vaccinated against the target of 200 people, official figures showed.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,91,181 people were inoculated across India today as India began the first phase of the massive coronavirus vaccination drive.  While the Serum Institute of India-produced Covishield was supplied to all States/UTs, Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN was supplied to 12 states, the health ministry noted.

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Published Date: January 16, 2021 10:41 PM IST