COVID-19 vaccination: Authorities to bear AEFI cases’ treatment cost

COVID-19: Authorities to bear AEFI cases' hospitalisation cost
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16, 2021, a total of 6, 31, 417 beneficiaries have so far received the shots in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on January 19, 2021.

In the past 24 hours, as many as 1,77,368 people received the COVID-19 vaccine. It took the total count of vaccinated individuals to 6,31,417 in the country, the ministry said.

Adverse events post COVID-19 vaccination

Giving details about the adverse events post COVID-19 vaccination, the Minister said that a total of 0.002 out of a total of 0.18 needed hospitalization.

Only nine AEFI cases required hospitalization. Three people have been discharged from the hospital while one is undergoing observation at Rajiv Gandhi, Hospital Shahdara.

In Uttarakhand, one AEFI patient left the hospital after improvement in his health whereas another person is still under observation at District Hospital in Chitradurga.

One adverse event post-COVID-19 vaccination case is discharged in Chhattisgarh while one AFEI case is suspected to have anaphylaxis symptoms at District Hospital Bangar.

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“These are fairly low and the lowest so far in the world in the first three days, said health secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a press briefing.

“If there’s causal relation between immunisation and adverse event, severe or serious, hospitalisation cost would be borne by authorities,” he added.

“One of 2 vaccines is given emergency use authorization under clinical trial mode. In a document for this vaccine, it’s mentioned that if there’s causal relation between immunization and adverse event, severe or serious, hospitalization cost would be borne by authorities,” Bhushan said.

“The concerns about adverse effects and serious problems, as of now, seem to be insignificant. Data show that we are in a comfortable situation and we would like to reassure you that the two 2 COVID19 vaccines are safe,” said Niti Aayog’s VK Paul.

“We are not fulfilling our societal responsibility if a vaccine assigned to you is not being taken. The whole world is clamouring for the vaccine. I request the doctors and nurses to accept the vaccine,” added Paul.