India records highest number of COVID-19 vaccinations
New Delhi, Jan 19: Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India holds the record for the highest number of vaccinations on Day one. As per the health ministry, this is much higher than many other countries such as the USA, the UK, and France. A total of 2.24 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated as per the provisional report.
The Health Ministry pointed out that till now 2.24 lakh beneficiaries getting inoculated across six states. These states were Andhra Pradesh in which 308 sessions were conducted, 165 sessions in Tamil Nadu, 64 in Karnataka, 14 in Arunachal Pradesh, and one each session in Karala and Manipur. On Sunday more than 17,000 people were vaccinated on the second day
On Monday, the health minister tweeted, "One More Record! India vaccinates the highest number of persons on DAY1 of the nationwide vaccination drive; ahead of many other countries. He also said, COVID19 vaccination to more than 2.24 L persons till now. 17,072 beneficiaries vaccinated in 6 States on DAY2".
The health ministry also said a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) have been reported in two days. 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 the third patient is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.
AEFI is any unexpected medical occurrence that follows immunization and may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. Protocols are in place for reporting, immediate case management at the vaccination session site. Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea, etc.
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.
To discuss the future course of COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the government officials likely to hold a meeting with representatives of pharmaceutical industries and other stakeholders on Monday.