Over 3.8 lakh beneficiaries vaccinated till date: Health Ministry

More than 3.8 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 till January 18, even as 580 adverse events following immunisation were reported in the country, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

“The third day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. Total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today through 7,704 sessions, as per the provisional report,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry further said an Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may or may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process.

580 cases of AEFI have been reported so far. Out of these, seven have required hospitalization. Of the three cases reported from Delhi, two have been discharged whereas one case with reporting fainting is under observation at Max Hospital, Patparganj, the statement said.

The reported case of AEFI in Uttarakhand is stable and under observation at AIIMS, Rishikesh.  In Chhattisgarh, one person is under observation at the Govt. Medical College, Rajnandgaon, it said.

Of the two cases of AEFI in Karnataka, one is under observation at District Hospital, Chitradurga and the second person is under observation at General Hospital, Challakere, Chitradurga, it added.