Nagaland: 1,458 healthcare workers vaccinated so far

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 18 (MExN): 1,458 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in the State as of January 18. 897 healthcare workers including doctors, nurses and supporting staff were vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine in Nagaland on Monday. 

A press release from Nagaland State Immunisation Officer, Dr Ritu Thurr informed that the vaccination was carried out across 22 sites including private hospitals. “Healthcare workers from both public and private facilities were vaccinated safely with much enthusiasm,” the press release stated. 

All vaccinated healthcare workers will receive the subsequent second dose after 28 days and COVID-19 appropriate behavior will be strictly maintained even after the vaccination. It was added that all districts will have more sessions for the remaining healthcare workers in the coming days. 

The first phase of vaccination is reserved only for pre-registered healthcare workers as they are at the highest risk of infection and also to reduce transmission to patients when caring for them. All vaccination sites are entered in the COWIN portal and all beneficiaries are verified with photo identity cards before receiving the vaccine. 

The State Immunisation Officer assured that the Covishield vaccine has undergone all pre-clinical and clinical trials and is safe for use in the general population.

3,81,305 received vaccine, 580 
adverse events: Health Ministry

New Delhi, January 18 (PTI): A total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries have so far been vaccinated for coronavirus, even as 580 adverse events following immunization were reported in the country, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

Addressing a press briefing, Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary in the ministry, said 1,48,266 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 25 states and Union territories till 5 pm on Monday. “A total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries have so far been vaccinated (till 5 pm on Monday) as per provisional reports,” he said.

Of the 1,48,266 beneficiaries who were administered the vaccine on Monday, 8,656 were from Bihar, 1,822 from Assam, 36,888 from Karnataka, 7,070 from Kerala, 6,665 from Madhya Pradesh, 7,628 from Tamil Nadu, 10,352 from Telangana, 11,588 from West Bengal and 3111 were from Delhi.

Agnani said a cumulative 580 adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) and seven hospitalizations have so far been reported in the country since the nationwide COVID inoculation drive which began on January 16. 

In Delhi, three hospitalisations were reported, out of which, two have been discharged, and one with fainting is under observation at Max Hospital, Patparganj.

In Uttarakhand, one of the beneficiaries is stable and under observation at AIIMS Rishikesh, the official stated.

In Chhattisgarh, one beneficiary is under observation, while in Karnataka, two cases of hospitalizations were reported, he said. “No case of serious/severe AEFI attributable to vaccination till date,” the additional secretary added.