Covid 19 Vaccination in India Highlights: India begins vaccine supply to six countries, more to follow

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New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2021 7:14:03 pm

Covid 19 Vaccination in India Updates: Total cases of nine adverse events following immunization (AEFI) have required hospitalization.

Covid 19 Vaccination India NewsCovid 19 vaccination in India Live: In Karnataka, one person was discharged and another person is stable and under observation at the District Hospital in Chitradurga. (Representative image by IE)

Covid 19 Vaccination in India: India has vaccinated more than 630,000 lakh frontline workers against COVID-19 even as the world’s largest Covid vaccination drive enters the fifth day. So far nine cases of hospitalisations have been confirmed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Meanwhile, the United Nations has lauded India’s vaccination drive against the highly contagious Coronavirus.

India has begun the world’s biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the United Nations and World Health Organization, the UN said. The global body said that on January 16, the first day of the campaign, witnessed 2,07,229 vaccine shots were administered across the country, the UN said.

Total cases of nine adverse events following immunization (AEFI) have required hospitalisation. In Delhi, three cases have been discharged whereas one case is under observation at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital in Shahdara. One more AEFI case from Uttarakhand has been discharged. In Karnataka, one person was discharged and another person is stable and under observation at the District Hospital in Chitradurga. In Chhattisgarh also, one person has been discharged. In Rajasthan, one case is of suspected anaphylaxis is fine and under observation at District Hospital in Bangar. Though there were some delays in vaccination drive in some centres due to glitches reported in the CoWIN app in various parts of the country, the rollout has been smooth so far, according to the Union Health Ministry.

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    16:08 (IST)20 Jan 2021
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    15:12 (IST)20 Jan 2021
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    15:06 (IST)20 Jan 2021
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    14:54 (IST)20 Jan 2021
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    14:24 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Inoculation in Goa to resume on Friday as it gets 18,000 vaccine doses

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    14:11 (IST)20 Jan 2021
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    13:57 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid-19 in India: Active caseload drops below 2 lakh

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    13:21 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Telangana Covid-19 vaccination: 77 adverse effect cases in 3 days

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    12:36 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid Vaccination drive: UN agencies supporting India in vaccine roll-out

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    12:16 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid-19: Flight carrying Covishield vaccine departs from Mumbai to Maldives

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    12:09 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Maharashtra continues to report glitches in CoWIN app

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    11:38 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Vaccination drive: Only 54% beneficiaries get Covid shots in Maharashtra

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    11:23 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid-19 vaccination drive: Low turnout in Delhi

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    10:50 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid 19 Vaccination in India: India's Covid vaccine diplomacy explained

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    10:11 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid-19 Vaccine: Odisha receives 2nd consignment of Covishield

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    10:03 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Maharashtra Covid-19 Vaccination: 14,883 health workers get vaccine

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    09:50 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Covid 19 Vaccination in India: India reports over 13,000 Coronavirus cases

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    Telangana Health Department has stated that they have vaccinated more than 18,000 beneficiaries. "There are no reports of severe Adverse Event Following Immunization cases. A few mild reactions have been reported in one or two cases. They have been kept under observation," said Dr S Rao, Director, Telangana Health Department.
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