51 Adverse Reactions From Vaccine, One A "Bit Serious", Delhi Health Minister

Satyender Jain said: "Only one case in Delhi had to be admitted to the hospital, the remaining 51 did not have to be hospitalised. They were only observed for a short while"

More than 4,000 healthcare workers were vaccinated in Delhi on Day One.

Highlights

  • There have been 51 cases of minor complications from the vaccine
  • 4,319 healthcare workers were vaccinated on the first day in Delhi
  • One patient was admitted to AIIMS and is stable now
New Delhi:

Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said today that there have been 51 cases of minor complications reported from the coronavirus vaccine that was rolled out across the country yesterday. In Delhi, 4,319 healthcare workers vaccinated on the first day, among which one "slightly serious" case was reported, the minister added. The patient was admitted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and is stable now.

"There have been 51 minor incidents yesterday where there were some minor complications and one was a bit serious," news agency ANI quoted Mr Jain as saying. The patient is a 22-year-old security guard who works at the hospital. He was admitted in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit till last night.

"The remaining 51 (people vaccinated) did not have to be hospitalised. They were only observed for a short while," the minister said.

Barring in the Centrally-run hospitals like the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, healthcare workers in Delhi were administered Covishield, which is developed by the Oxford University with pharma major AstraZeneca, and  manufactured by the Serum Institute.

The six Central hospitals have been given Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, which is still in trial stage. The country's drug regulator, while giving clearance to the vaccine, said the vaccine's use will be in the clinical trial mode, meaning all its recipients will be tracked and monitored as if they are in trial.

The WHO defines AEFI or Adverse Events Following immunisation as any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunisation and does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine.

Delhi had a target of vaccinating 8,117 health workers on Day One, but only half the number was vaccinated at the 81 sites that were operating across the city.

Asked about the low number of vaccinations, the minister said, around 50 per cent vaccinations have been done in the whole country.

"In every place the figure is close to half. Everywhere it has to be the same reason. There can't be a different reason for different places," he said.

Pointing out that vaccination was "completely voluntary", he said, "Some people did not come at the last moment. There is no point in guessing why they did not come forward".

"Even after being registered, nobody is under the compulsion to get vaccinated," he added.