In total, more than 1.6 million healthcare workers have received COVID-19 vaccine jabs till Sunday, according to the Union health ministry.
The Union Health Ministry has clarified that the deaths of 6 health workers who were inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine have nothing to do with the vaccination.
In the last 24 hours, one person, 56, who was a resident of Gurugram, Haryana has died. The post-mortem examination confirms that cardio-pulmonary disease was the reason for her death and it was not related to vaccination. None of these deaths have been causally linked with COVID vaccination,” Manohar Agnani, the additional health secretary, said on Saturday
Agnani further added that 11 people have been hospitalised so far and 0.0007 percent of people have recorded hospitalization against vaccinations. In the last 24 hours, one person was hospitalized at a Government Hospital in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh who was vaccinated on January 20.
In another such incident, a 42-year-old healthcare worker in the Nirmal district of Telangana, who received the COVID-19 vaccination, died on Wednesday after complaining of chest pain, with preliminary findings suggesting the death is unrelated to the vaccination, a health official said.
He was brought dead to the district hospital around 5.30 am, state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said in a press release. “Preliminary findings suggest that the death seems to be unrelated to vaccination,” it said.
The cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID-19 has crossed 15 lakhs on the eighth day of vaccination.
India kicked off the “world’s largest” vaccination programme on January 16, to bring the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 150,000 people in the country, under control.
Public health authorities hope to inoculate 300 million high-risk people over the next six to eight months. The first to get the vaccine will be 30 million health and other frontline workers, followed by about 270 million people aged over 50 or deemed high-risk.
Both Covishield and Covaxin are being produced locally. Beneficiaries receiving Covaxin have also been asked to sign a consent form before being vaccinated since the vaccine “has been allowed by the government in clinical trial mode”. The form also states that receiving the vaccine “does not mean that other precautions related to COVID-19 need not be followed” and that compensation for serious adverse events will be paid by the company if it is proven to be causally related to the vaccine.
On Monday morning, India recorded 13,203 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The country’s tally of confirmed cases stands at 1,06,67,736. The death toll rose by 131, with 1,53,470 people dying due to the viral infection in the country so far.
According to the health ministry, 1,84,182 cases are still active, while 1,03,30,084 people have been cured or discharged or have migrated.