India has so far vaccinated a total of 6,31,417 healthcare workers till 6 pm on January 19 through 11,660 vaccination sessions held across the country, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
A total of 1,77,368 beneficiaries were vaccinated against COVID-19 through 3,800 vaccination sessions that were held till 6 pm on the fourth day of the first phase of the nationwide coronavirus vaccination drive.
The ministry also said no case of serious or severe adverse events following immunization (AEFI) was reported from any state on January 19.
A total of nine AEFI have required hospitalisation so far.
In Delhi, three AEFI cases have been treated and discharged, whereas one person is still under observation at Rajiv Gandhi, Hospital Shahdara.
One more AEFI case from Uttarakhand has been discharged.
In Karnataka, one person has been discharged, while the other is reported to be stable, but under observation at the District Hospital in Chitradurga.
In Chhattisgarh too one AEFI case was reported and the person has been discharged.
Rajasthan reported a case of suspected anaphylaxis, but the vaccine beneficiary is fine now and has been kept under observation at the District Hospital in Bangar.
The Health Ministry has said "0.18 percent adverse events happened following immunization
and 0.002 percent of people were hospitalized following immunisation. These are fairly low and the lowest so far in the world in the first three days".
The government, on January 16, launched the COVID-19 vaccine drive. Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, which is being manufactured by Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin are being administered to the beneficiaries.
In the initial phase, the country will inoculate about one crore healthcare workers. This will be followed by two crore front-line workers, police, armed forces, municipal workers, revenue staff and others. In the third phase, 27 crore people above 50 years of age and those with co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, and organ transplant patients will get the vaccine.