India Starts COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, 2,24,301 Doses Administered, 447 Adverse Reactions Reported; All You Need To Know

INDIA Team Latestly|

The health ministry on January 17 said only 447 AEFIs had been recorded so far, of which only three had to be hospitalised. Two have been discharged (from Delhi's AIIMS and Railway Hospital), while the third is under observation at the AIIMS in Rishikesh. 17,072 people were vaccinated across 553 sites in six states on Day 2 of India's COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Health Ministry said on January 17. The ministry added that the number of people who had received at least one shot was around 2,24,301. The six states that conducted vaccinations on January 17 were Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur & Tamil Nadu. On January 16, 1.91 lakh people were vaccinated at 3006 sites across India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide drive. On January 17, the Health Ministry also said that protocols were in place to respond to AEFIs (adverse events following immunisation). Two vaccines have been cleared for emergency use in India, Covishield (developed by AstraZeneca & Oxford University, and manufactured by Pune's Serum Institute) & Covaxin.

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