Kolkata, West Bengal/ Hyderabad, Telangana (India): Fourteen cases of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) were reported in West Bengal on the first day of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday. And 11 mild Adverse events following immunization (AEFI) cases were reported in Telangana the same day.
“Total 15,707 healthcare beneficiaries vaccinated in West Bengal today. 14 cases of AEFI were reported including one serious case (condition stable) of AEFI admitted at NRS Medical College,” the West Bengal Health Department said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the Centre to supply an adequate number of vaccines for not only the frontline workers but also for all people of the state. “The Chief Minister feels that people of the state should get vaccines free of cost. If needed, the State might bear the financial burden,” the Government of West Bengal said.
Meanwhile, in Telangana, according to the state government, 140 sessions of coronavirus vaccination were held in 33 districts of the state, among which 3,962 beneficiaries were vaccinated from a target of 4,296. Out of which 11 mild AEFI cases are reported.
Dr. Srinivas Rao, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare said that Telangana has managed to vaccinate 85 percent of total beneficiaries on the first day of the nationwide vaccination drive.
“After Prime Minister Modi has launched the vaccination drive across the country, the state was able to kick start the vaccination drive in 139 centers across the state,” Dr. Rao told ANI.
The Telangana beneficiaries felt pain, giddiness, and sweating which are the most common in any vaccination program.
AIIMS worker develops an allergic reaction after receiving COVID-19 vaccine
An AIIMS worker, who was administered a shot of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ here on Saturday, was admitted to a hospital after he developed an allergic reaction.
“An All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi security guard has developed an allergic reaction after receiving COVID-19 vaccination here on Saturday. He is kept under observation of doctors at the hospital,” an AIIMS official said.
It is to mention a total of 95 healthcare beneficiaries received the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, Delhi on Saturday, the official added.
The total number of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) post-COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi stands at 52 out of which only one is severe, said the Delhi Government on Saturday. At least 4,319 healthcare workers received COVID-19 shot against the target of 8,117.
The vaccination was held at 81 sites in the national capital, it said. Two healthcare workers who received the COVID-19 vaccine at NDMC’s Charak Palika Hospital faced mild adverse events post-vaccination, said New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official. They suffered mild tightness in the chest.
They were kept under observation by the AEFI team and were discharged after 30 minutes when they felt normal.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus via video conferencing.
Billed as the world’s largest vaccination program, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase.