Possibility of an adverse event after vaccination against COVID cannot be ruled out; states, UTs must be prepared: Govt: The Tribune India

New Delhi, 15 December

The possibility of an adverse event after vaccination against COVID-19 cannot be ruled out, the government said on Tuesday and called on states and union territories to prepare for it as part of the anti-coronavirus inoculation.

At a press briefing, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said adverse events after immunization (AEFI) are a critical aspect and states were asked to identify at least one adverse event after administrative center of immunization (AEFI) in each block.

“Even during universal immunization programs that last for decades, some adverse effects are seen in children and pregnant women after they receive shots.

“So, we cannot deny the possibility of an adverse event when the vaccination against COVID-19 begins. In countries where inoculation has already begun, especially in the UK, adverse events have occurred on the first day. So, it is essential that states and union territories also prepare for this, ”Bhushan said.

He told states detailed instructions on prevention and control infection practices during vaccination and administration of mild, severe and severe AEFI.

“States have been asked to identify at least one AEFI management center in each block. PHCs, CHCs, district hospitals, private health facilities or any other fixed health facility with doctors and para-medical staff can be identified as AEFI management centers,” he said .

Furthermore, each session website should be linked to a designated AEFI management center and AEFI can also be reported via Co-WIN, – a digitized platform that will be used to track recruited beneficiaries for the vaccination and anti-coronavirus vaccines on a real-time basis, he added.

COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining in India, which is very reassuring, the Center said Tuesday, but warned against any relaxation, saying an overwhelming proportion of the country’s population is still “very, very sensitive” to the virus and the situation may increase unexpectedly. .

While there is a continuous growing trend in COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide, especially in America and Europe and the situation in the world is worrying, unlike the scene in India is satisfying as the cases and deaths are declining, Dr. VK Paul. , a member (health) at NITI Aayog, said a press conference here.

“Mortality is declining and it’s much less than 400 a day. Cases have dropped to almost 22,000. This kind of number we all experienced in July. So that’s very reassuring. As a nation, we seem to be doing very well now.

“We are saving lives. But remember that this cannot be given as certain. An overwhelming proportion of our population is still very, very sensitive to the virus. And the situation may worsen unexpectedly, ”Paul said, warning of any relaxation.

He further said that the reassuring thing is that people say R0 has come under one, which means the pandemic is declining.

“So we have to be happy about it but cautiously happy,” he said.

Noting that Delhi has progressed, he said, “We congratulate the government of Delhi as well as all the other governments that have contributed so well to such significant control (in cases) in recent times.”

Paul, however, expressed concern about the COVID-19 situation in some states such as Uttarakhand, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh and stated that all efforts to control the spread are being made in cooperation with these governments.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said more than 15.55 crore tests had been done so far to detect coronavirus infection in the country, and the cumulative positivity dropped to 6.37 while the average daily positivity over the past week was 3 .00 percent.

The Case Death Rate of India (CFR) is also among the lowest in the world. Currently India’s CFR is 1.45%, while globally it is 2.26%, Bhushan said.

Speaking on the preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine drive, Bhushan said guidelines on assessment of electrical and non-electric cold chain equipment and their reinforcement have been given to states.

Guidelines for cold chain management ultimately cold chain points and meeting places have been published.

At least 29,000 cold chain points, 240 inlet coolers, 70 inlets, 45,000 ice-covered refrigerators, 41,000 deep freezers and 300 solar refrigerators will be used for the COVID-19 vaccine drive. – PTI