India began the world’s largest vaccination program since January 16 in which around 2 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated till now. But with vaccination comes adverse effect as well.
Around 447 people till now have complained about having an adverse effect like headache, nausea, fever, while only 3 were hospitalized of these, one has been discharged from the Northern Railway Hospital in Delhi within 24 hours, one has been discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh.
A total of 553 vaccination 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.
These are classed as adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and may not necessarily be related to the vaccine or the vaccination process.
Talking of Nagpurians on the vaccination drive people are still positive about the vaccine and are eagerly waiting for their turn to be vaccinated.
Tanushree Kashyap said “Neither me nor my parents have seen such a situation where people were forced to stay home. Not only us but the whole world was under lockdown and some people are still in lockdown. In such a situation the news of the vaccination drive has bought a lot of hope to us. If we look at any medicine (tablets/vaccines) all have some kind of side effects. I know some people faced some complications after getting vaccinated but look at the positive side most people are still healthy. I am hopeful I will get myself vaccinated when my turn comes!”
Nikhil Yadhuvanshi said “None of the vaccines rolled out in the world have 100% efficacy. Even the American vaccine rolled out has an efficacy of 95%. Even looking at the data it shows that only 0.2% are affected. If somebody doubts the vaccine he is free to wait and watch. The government has not enforced it on anyone”.
Mohit Madankar said that “It is good news that India is carrying vaccination drive on such a large scale. We are all aware of how one’s body can react after taking any vaccine and according to me, it is really common. Now as the vaccination drive has begun we might have good results as well. Even if these vaccines are designated for emergency use we must not hesitate to take a shot in an emergency.”
Ashutosh Date said that “We are proud that our own Medical team developed the vaccine. It was the correct decision to start the emergency use of the vaccine, considering our population. Yes, surely I will take the vaccine as the per the Government’s Norm”.
Vaishnavi Guru said that “A vaccine is going to have different effects on different body types, that should be taken in consideration, we do not have such a time looking at the conditions that we would wait for the clinical trials to happen at their pace, we need a hands-on action, so I feel vaccination drives were much needed for the common people, who can finally start with their regular lives, in an alternative scenario, if someone feels they are better off not taking the vaccine, that is also not a problem, as community immunity is anyways going to be built, I personally will take a vaccination for it, better safe than sorry, either die of corona take the risk of vaccine that’s one’s choice”.
A debate has erupted among people as a 46-year-old government hospital employee in Moradabad on Sunday, around 24 hours after receiving the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
The family of the deceased, Mahipal Singh, alleged that his health deteriorated following the dose, Moradabad Chief Medical Officer (CMO) MC Garg claimed that the death is not linked to vaccination. Singh was given the vaccine shot on Saturday afternoon, and he died the next day after complaining of congestion and pain in the chest. He was working as a ward boy at the Moradabad District Hospital.
The postmortem report found cardiogenic or septicemic shock due to cardiopulmonary disease as the immediate cause of death. The postmortem report added that both his lungs showed pus pockets, while the heart has fatty degeneration of myocardium with hypertrophy of the right ventricle. There also were large amounts of clotted blood in aorta and heart chambers. Both the lungs, heart and blood samples of the deceased have been preserved for histopathological examination
“On Sunday afternoon he complained of chest pain and congestion and breathlessness. By the time he was rushed to the district hospital he died. The Covid vaccine was given to him on Saturday afternoon. It does not appear that this is because of the reaction of the vaccine as he came on night duty on Saturday and he was perfectly fine,” said CMO Garg.