17,072 beneficiaries vaccinated in 6 States on Day- two: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that a total of 17,072 beneficiaries vaccinated in 6 States on Day- two in the nation.

Making it the biggest vaccination drive in the world, India also has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID-19 vaccination program. This is much higher than many other countries such as the USA, the UK, and France, informed the Health Ministry.

A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till Sunday as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six states (Sunday). 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day-two, as per the provisional reports.

States/UTs have been advised to plan COVID19 vaccination sessions four days a week to minimize disruption of the Routine Health Services. Some States have already publicized their weekly vaccination days.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Health department said in an official release that on the opening day, 3,027 people were administered Covishield and 99 Covaxin. On Sunday, 2,847 beneficiaries received Covishield and 183 Covaxin and in total, 6,156 persons, including doctors have got the jabs and no adverse reaction was seen,

As per news agency PTI, less than 50 percent of the targeted beneficiaries come up for coronavirus vaccination in Andhra Pradesh on the second day on Sunday, however, it was the highest in the country. According to data released by the Health Department, only 13,041 healthcare workers got the COVID-19 vaccine administered across the state against the targeted 27,233 for the day.

A total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) was reported on 16 January and 17 January. Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one has been discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one has been discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea, etc. An AEFI is an unexpected medical occurrence that follows the immunization which may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. Protocols are in place for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session sites, transportation and hospitalization, and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs.

A meeting was held with all States/UTs today for a review of progress, identification of bottle-necks and to plan corrective actions as the vaccination program moves ahead.