Day 2: 17,072 extra get jabs, 447 opposed occasions reported

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 17

A total of 2,24,301 health workers have been inoculated with Covid-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

2,24,301 Vaccinated so far

Of 447, only three required hospitalisation. Of the three, two have been discharged and one is under observation at the AIIMS, Rishikesh.

Today only six states conducted the vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated.

The six states are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu.

Additional Secretary Health Manohar Agnani said 2,07,229 persons received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“The number of people vaccinated in the country on day one of the drive is the highest in the world. It is higher than (the numbers in) the US, UK and France on day one,” he said.

The ministry said an AEFI is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunisation. It may or may not be related to the vaccination process. A majority AEFIs are minor in nature such as pain, mild swelling at injection site, mild fever, body ache, nausea, giddiness and mild allergies like rashes. Only few require hospitalisation, said Agnani.

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