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NITI Aayog Member Urges Healthcare Workers To Take COVID-19 Vaccine Shot, Fulfil Their Societal Responsibility

NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul said two COVID-19 vaccines are being easily made available and if healthcare workers are declining it, it is very unfortunate

NITI Aayog Member Urges Healthcare Workers To Take COVID-19 Vaccine Shot, Fulfil Their Societal Responsibility
Highlights
  • NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul had taken COVID-19 vaccine jab on January 16
  • Dr Paul said the 2 COVID-19 vaccines currently being used in India are safe
  • ICMR Director General asked to take COVID-19 vaccine to end the pandemic

New Delhi: Urging health workers to fulfil their “societal” responsibility” by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, senior government officials on Tuesday (January 19) said there should be no cause of vaccine hesitancy and the vaccines are very safe. NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul said at a press briefing that issue related to adverse events pertaining to vaccines “is unfounded, negligible and insignificant”. “The data shows that we are in a comfortable situation. I would like to assure that from the data that these two vaccines (Covidshield and Coxavin) are safe, they do not excite undue reactogenicity and are being accepted increasingly,” he said.

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As per the data available so far, only 0.18 per cent is the Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) and 0.002 is the percentage of the people who were hospitalized following immunization. There is no doubt on both the platforms of these two vaccines are produced are highly immunogenic and also very safe, he added.

The NITI Aayog member said healthcare workers should come forward to take the vaccine.

If you (healthcare workers) are given an opportunity to be vaccinated as per the priority list, which was developed in consultation with the state government and was shared with the highest level with the state leadership, then those of us who are fortunate to be listed for the vaccination, we should not refuse COVID vaccine, he said.

He said those who take vaccine get protection against COVID-19.

You can perform your functions without fear of contracting COVID. And you will protect your family and I wonder why we don’t want to do it, Dr Paul said.

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He said a person who should have taken the vaccine does not take it, he or she can be a medium for the spread of the virus and part of the chain of transmission.

I think you’re not fulfilling societal responsibility if a vaccine assigned to you is not taken. Please understand the whole world is clamouring for the vaccine, Dr Paul said.

He said two vaccines are being easily made available and if healthcare workers are declining it, it is very unfortunate.

“I would request on behalf of the government please accept the vaccine because we don’t know what shape this pandemic is going to take in the future,” he said. Dr Paul, who had taken the COVID-19 vaccine, said he felt no side-effects. He said similar kind of misinformation and fear were seen during past vaccination drive done for children.

If there is any usual signal, it will be responded too because our AEFI system is very robust which is in place for the last two decades. This vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers should be ended, he said.

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Noting that the COVID-19 trajectory is declining in India, Dr Paul said many countries reported the same decline in the cases but their graph is rising. He said healthcare workers should become a role model for others.

Many countries, who cannot afford to manufacture, are asking for vaccines. It is a big matter. Within a few weeks, a wall of vaccine-induced herd immunity would build up. We are fortunate enough to have vaccines because vaccination will take is us toward the elimination of this pandemic, Dr Paul said.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there is vaccine hesitancy is in all countries and it has got nothing to do with COVID-19.

Probably the degree would be slightly more in COVID-19 across countries because the disease is new. We have seen vaccine hesitancy in the polio vaccine, in measles, mumps and rubella. The only way of addressing this situation is by trying to address all doubts and confusions, he said.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said the vaccine prevents COVID-19.

Vaccines prevent COVID-19 deaths. So it is time to take the vaccines to end the pandemic.

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

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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