6.31 lakh healthcare workers get COVID-19 vaccine

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0.18 pc adverse events following vaccination

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New Delhi: In total 6.31 lakh healthcare workers have received COVID-19 vaccine jabs through 11,660 sessions held till the evening of the fourth day of the immunisation drive, according to a provisional report of the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, 1,77,368 beneficiaries were vaccinated till 6 pm through 3,800 sessions, it said, adding the final report for the day will be complied by late in the night.

J&K records 113 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday recorded 113 new coronavirus cases that raised its tally to 1,23,538, while one more fatality pushed the death count to 1,923, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 53 were recorded from the Jammu division and 60 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
The officials said Jammu district recorded the highest of 40 cases, followed by 37 in Srinagar district.
While six districts — Anantnag, Ganderbal, Doda, Rajouri, Reasi and Udhampur — did not report any new case, 12 other districts had fresh cases in single digits, they said.
The number of active cases dropped to 1,103 in the union territory, while 1,20,512 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The UT reported only one COVID-19 related death in the past 24 hours from the Kashmir division, taking the death toll to 1,923, they said. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 1,23,538 positive cases, 1,103 are Active Positive, 1,20,512 have recovered and 1,923 have died; 716 in Jammu division and 1,207 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 42,97,224 test results available, 41,73,686 samples have been tested as negative till 19th January, 2021.
Till date 10,32,753 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 32,892 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1,103 in isolation and 64,711 in home surveillance. Besides, 9,32,124 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Only nine cases of adverse event following immunization (AEFI) have required hospitalisation, the ministry said on Tuesday.
In Delhi, three AEFI cases have been discharged and one is under observation at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital. In Uttarakhand, one AEFI case has been discharged, it said.
In Karnataka, one person was discharged and another stable but kept under observation at Chitradurga district hospital. In Chhattisgarh too one person was discharged. In Rajasthan, one case of suspected anaphylaxis was stated to be fine and under observation at Bangar district hospital.
Asserting that the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination programme was conducted successfully on the fourth day as well, the ministry said the the total number of beneficiaries who have been vaccinated till 6 pm include 42,085 in Bihar, 7,418 in Assam, 80,686 in Karnataka and 23,855 in Kerala.
In Madhya Pradesh 18,174 people have received the vaccine, Tamil Nadu 25,251, Gujarat 17,581, Telangana 69,405, Uttar Pradesh 22,644, West Bengal 42,093 and Delhi 12,441, according to the provisional report.
Meanwhile, of the total people vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, the government said 0.18 per cent were adverse events following immunisation, while 0.002 per cent had to be hospitalised which is fairly low.
Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said concerns about adverse effects and serious problems post immunisation as of now seem to be unfounded, negligible, insignificant and stressed that both the vaccines are safe.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “As per the data available so far, only 0.18 per cent is the Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) and 0.002 is the percentage of the people who were hospitalized following immunization. These are fairly low, in fact lowest so far as we know in the world in the first three days.”
He said India recorded the highest number of first day vaccinations for COVID-19 immunisation.

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