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COVID-19 Vaccination: Health Ministry Asks States And UTs To Identify Bottlenecks And Plan Corrective Actions

The health ministry official informed that the inaugural COVID-19 inoculation drive in India is the highest day one vaccination number in the world

COVID-19 Vaccination: Health Ministry Asks States And UTs To Identify Bottlenecks And Plan Corrective Actions
Highlights
  • PM Modi launched India’s COVID vaccine drive on January 16
  • 447 cases of AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) have been reported
  • 3 COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries needed hospitalisation: Government

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry held a meeting with all States and Union Territories (UTs) on Sunday (January 17) for a review of progress on the second day of the nationwide vaccination drive and asked them to “identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.” In a press conference today (January 17), the Union Health Ministry has informed that across the country, as many as 2,24,301 beneficiaries were vaccinated. The Union Health Ministry also revealed that 447 adverse effect cases were reported from the COVID vaccination drive in the last two days out of which 3 beneficiaries were hospitalized.

Also Read: Coronavirus Explainer: What Are Adverse Events Post COVID-19 Immunisation

447 cases of AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) reported on 16th and 17th January, only three required hospitalizations, Dr Agnani said.

The additional secretary also said that majority of the AEFIs are minor in nature like pain, mild swelling at the injection site, mild fever, body ache, nausea, giddiness, and mild allergic reactions like rashes, etc.

On the conditions of three beneficiaries who were hospitalized, the ministry representative said two of these three have been discharged after treatment from Delhi’s AIIMS and northern Railway Hospital, while the third was under observation at the AIIMS Rishikesh.

According to the additional secretary, only six states conducted COVID-19 vaccination sessions. The health ministry official also informed that the inaugural inoculation drive in India is the highest day one vaccination number in the world.

2,07,229 people were vaccinated on day one- the highest day one vaccination number in the world; higher than the US, UK, and France on day one, he added.

States/UTs have been advised to plan COVID-19 vaccination sessions four days in a week to minimize disruption of the Routine Health Services. Some States have already publicized their weekly vaccination days.

Also Read: Health And Frontline Workers Take The First Jab Of COVID-19 Vaccine, Feel ‘Safe And Proud’

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