India: 447 People Complain of Adverse After Effects of Covid-19 Vaccine
GUWAHATI: About 447 people have complained of an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI), with majority complaining of fever, headache and nausea, according to the provisional data of the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in India.
An AEFI is an unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization which may or may not be related to the vaccination process.
As reported by Dr. Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Minist
ry of Health and Welfare, out of the 447 with AEFIs, only three have been hospitalized. One was discharged from northern railway hospital within 24 hours, and another discharged from AIIMS; one is under observation in AIIMS, Rishikesh.
“Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and casualty assessment of serious adverse events since yesterday, 447 adverse events have been reported, of which only three required hospitalization,” added Dr. Agnani.
A total of 553 sessions were held in six states - Andhra Pradesh (308), Arunachal Pradesh (14), Karnataka (64), Kerala (1), Manipur (1) and Tamil Nadu (165) - with 17,072 beneficiaries vaccinated on Sunday, the second day of the countrywide covid-19 vaccination program.
“India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on the first day under its covid-19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise. This is much higher than many other countries such as USA, the UK and France. Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report," said Agnani.
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