Kohima, January 18 (NEx): A total of 447 Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFIs) have been reported on January 16th & 17th, 2021 after the COVID-19 vaccination program in India. According to WHO, Adverse event following immunization is any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunization and which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine.
India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day-1 under its COVID-19 vaccination program, one of the world’s largest exercise, which is much higher than any other country. The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated as per the provisional report, and 553 sessions were held in six States uptill January 17, 2021.
A total of 447 AEFIs have been reported in the last two days of vaccination program. 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 one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored, a PIB report said.
Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc. Protocols are in place for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs.
Further, a meeting was held with all States/UTs on sunday for review of progress, identification of bottle-necks and to plan corrective actions as the vaccination program moves ahead. States/UTs have also been advised to plan COVID-19 vaccination sessions four days in a week to minimize disruption of the Routine Health Services.
(With inputs from PIB)