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Tuesday, 02 March 2021 6.56 AM IST

India vaccinates 1.91 lakh against Covid on Day 1; Delhi, Rajasthan report adverse events

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NEW DELHI: India kicked off the world's largest vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus with the Union Health Ministry saying that 1,91,181 healthcare and frontline workers received the jab. The massive inoculation exercise was carried out by 16,755 personnel during 3,352 sessions held across the country.

The Government of India further clarified that Serum Institute of India's Covishield was supplied to all states and UTs while Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech was used by 12 states. "Adequate quantities of vaccines and logistics were ensured at all Covid-19 vaccination session sites across the country. Minor issues such as some delay in uploading the beneficiary list at some session sites were successfully resolved," the Health Ministry said in a press release.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the vaccination drive, hailing it as a major achievement. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also held a video conference with the health ministers of all states and UTs, complementing them on the successful rollout of the vaccines.

According to the Centre, 21,291 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered in Uttar Pradesh followed by 18,328 in Maharashtra, 18,412 in Andhra Pradesh and 18,169 in Bihar among others.

More than 10 months after Kerala reported the first confirmed case of infection in India, the novel coronavirus has claimed over 1.5 lakh lives in the country with a little over 1 crore confirmed cases. The Centre aims to vaccinate three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first leg of the inoculation exercise.

Apart from healthcare and frontline workers, additional 3,429 recipients were vaccinated in Defence institutions, including the Indian Army and the Indian Navy.

Delhi reported 50 minor and one severe case of adverse event following immunization (AEFI) on Saturday with one 22-year-old beneficiary being referred to AIIMS for treatment. His vitals are reportedly stable.

In the state of Rajasthan, where 12,558 healthcare and frontline workers received the jab, 21 cases of AEFI were reported on Saturday.

Delhi reported 50 minor and one severe case of adverse event following immunization (AEFI) on Saturday with one 22-year-old beneficiary being referred to AIIMS for treatment. His vitals are reportedly stable.

In the state of Rajasthan, where 12,558 healthcare and frontline workers received the jab, 21 cases of AEFI were reported on Saturday.

The Resident Doctors' Association of Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital wrote to the medical superintendent requesting that they be vaccinated against Covid-19 using Oxford University's Covishield and not Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. A similar request was made by the staff of JJ Hospital in Mumbai.

Vaccination in Maharashtra has been suspended for Sunday and Monday citing technical issues with the CoWin App. "Efforts are being made by the Central Government to address this problem. Completely digital registration is mandatory when vaccinating Covid. The government had allowed offline registration today due to a technical problem," BMC said in a statement.

Two MLAs of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal got vaccinated out of turn on Saturday. They have been identified as Bhatat MLA Subhash Mondal and Katwa MLA Rabindranath Chatterjee. In his interaction with chief ministers earlier this week, the PM had asked public representatives not to skip the queue for the coronavirus vaccine.

While addressing a virtual conference, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan urged people to use social media to dispell rumours about the Covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in India. Asked why he did not receive the jab, Dr Harsh Vardhan said he will get vaccinated like others above 50 years of age in the second phase of the inoculation drive.

In a statement on Saturday, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech said it will pay compensation to any recipient of its Covid-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' facing serious adverse after-effects post-vaccination.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh wrote to PM Narendra Modi urging him to consider supplying the state's poor with coronavirus vaccines free of cost. Similarly, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee issued a statement on Saturday requesting the Centre to give the people of the state free Covid-19 vaccines as early as possible. The state government is willing to bear the financial burden, she added.

The Rajasthan government's health department said it will carry out vaccination against Covid-19 four days a week. Inoculation will not be done on Thursdays, Sundays and public holidays as per the state administration.

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