Covid vaccination drive: In Delhi, 51 mild reactions, one in hospital for...

Covid vaccination drive: In Delhi, 51 mild reactions, one in hospital for two hours


(This story originally appeared in on Jan 17, 2021)

NEW DELHI: A total of 52 healthcare workers of the 4,319 who received the Covid jab on Saturday reported adverse events post vaccination. While 51 reported minor events, one person who got inoculated at Northern Railway Central Hospital reported severe effects and was referred to a hospital.

Deepak Kumar, CPRO, Northern Railway, said the individual developed adverse effects primarily due to undisclosed co-morbidities. “He suffers from high blood-pressure, sugar and liver problem. His blood pressure was high while receiving the vaccine that he did not disclose, which likely caused the impact. He was kept under observation for two hours and declared fine,” said Kumar.

The rest of the 51 vaccination impacts were minor, officials said. “The vaccine is safe and effective but adverse occurrences happen with other vaccines too,” he added.

One case where a person required admission to the hospital was reported late in the evening from AIIMS, in addition to the data shared by the government. The healthcare worker, who received the vaccine during the day, was admitted following fever and pain at the injection site, sources said.

Two healthcare workers at Charak Palika Hospital felt uncomfortable post vaccination. “The workers felt pain in their chest. However, they were released after 30 minutes of observation,” said an NDMC official.

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