Top doctors, including State Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, of the state got vaccinated on Sunday to instil confidence. He said the drive would pick pace gradually.
On the low turnout, Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Jain said, “It can only be speculated why people did not show up... It is voluntary even after registration. The trend in Delhi has been the same as the rest of the country.”
While most of the 447 adverse events reported after vaccination were minor, three people needed hospital admission. One of them was discharged from the Northern Railway hospital in Delhi within 24 hours and another from the All India
Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The third patient is under observation at AIIMS, Rishikesh, and is reportedly stable.
The health ministry
has received several complaints from states regarding the CoWIN app, which is the backbone of the entire vaccination drive. States were unable to upload sessions and could not access beneficiary details online.
In many states, including West Bengal, hospitals were selecting beneficiaries manually from the list of registered health workers and partially using the digital platform. “As of now, we are going ahead with the vaccination on Monday, but a final call will be taken after seeing the preparations in the evening,” said officials.
In Maharashtra, too, doctors and nurses who got the doses on Saturday received telephone calls from ward offices asking them to inoculate.
States have selected days in the week when they would vaccinate health workers to ensure regular immunisation work is carried out smoothly.
Lack of coordination between Maharashtra government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials on Saturday led to conflicting messages on deferring the vaccination drive.
While BMC issued a statement saying the vaccination drive has been pushed back to Monday due to unresolved issues in the CoWIN app, state officials denied any such deferral.
“Vaccination was not at all planned on Sunday. There was no question of cancellation,” said state Health Secretary Pradeep Vyas.
Most states have picked four days in the week, except Andhra Pradesh which can vaccinate on all six days, except Sunday. Uttar Pradesh will limit itself to two days in a week and scale it up in the coming weeks.
Karnataka, which held vaccinations on Sunday, witnessed some adverse events. “We are in no hurry to complete the vaccination drive within one week. We are continuing with it in such a manner that our routine services like maternal and child health care are not hampered,” said state Deputy Director (Immunisation) Rajani Nageshrao.
According to the state’s health department, Covishield will be administered in 237 centres, and Covaxin in six centres, including Bellary, Shimoga, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Chamarajnagar, and Davanagere.
The government had despatched Covaxin to 12 states, while Covishield had been supplied across all states and Union Territories.
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