Coronavirus News Updates: Less than 50% of beneficiaries turn up for COVID-19 vaccination in Andhra Pradesh today

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Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: Less than 50 per cent of the targeted beneficiaries turned up for coronavirus vaccination in Andhra Pradesh on the second day on Sunday, but that was the highest in the country. According to data released by the Health Department, only 13,041 healthcare workers got the COVID-19 vaccine administered across the state against the targeted 27,233 for the day.

The Union health ministry said that 2,07,229 people were vaccinated on day one- the highest day one vaccination number in the world. This figure is higher than the US, UK and France on day one, it said.

The ministry's Additional Secretary ManohaAgnani also said a meeting was held with all states and Union Territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

In a press briefing on Sunday, the Union health ministry informed that a total of 447 Adverse Events After Immunisation (AEFIs) were reported on the first two days of India's COVID-19 vaccination drive and of these, only three required hospitalisation.

The Union Health Ministry informed that COVID-19 vaccination was conducted only in six states on Sunday.A total of 553 sessions were held on Sunday and as many as 17,072 have been vaccinated, as per provisional figures. A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries vaccinated across the country so far, the ministry said.

There have been no reports of adverse reaction or side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine in Maharashtra so far, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Sunday, a day after the inoculation drive was undertaken across the country. "There has absolutely been no report of any adverse reaction or side-effects of the vaccine following the drive on Saturday. Everything was safe, it will be safe," Tope told news agency PTI.

Delhi registered 246 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in around eight months, and eight more deaths, as the positivity rate dipped to 0.36 percent on Sunday, the Health Department said. The infection tally rose to 6.32 lakh and the toll mounted to 10,746, according to a health bulletin.

"The positivity rate has remained below 0.5 percent for the last few days," Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Sunday. "We can comfortably say that the third wave is on the wane." The health minister noted that cases have decreased but appealed to people to take precautions and use masks.

The Mizoram government has decided to allow reopening of schools for students of Class 10 and 12 from 22 January and places of worship from February. According to the new unlock guidelines issued on Saturday schools and hostels will reopen from 22 January for students of class 10 and 12.

The guidelines said churches will be allowed to open with 50 percent sitting capacity or 200 attendees on every Saturday and Sunday at noon from first February.

The share of India's active COVID-19 cases, which stand at 2,08,826, has fallen below 2 per cent of the total caseload for the first time, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation postpones the coronavirus vaccination drive in the city, after technical glitches were reported in the government's Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network, or CoWin app on Saturday, reports The Indian Express. The Mumbai civic body said that efforts were underway to fix the problem.

Of the 1.91 lakh beneficiaries administered COVID-19 vaccine shots on the first day of the countrywide vaccination drive, the highest number of inoculations were carried out in Uttar Pradesh with 21291 people taking the jab, reports PTI.

The total number of Adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) post-COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi stands at 52 out of which only one is severe, said the Delhi Government on Saturday.

A total of 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated on the first day of India's coronavirus vaccination drive as the country kickstarted its inoculation campaign with two locally manufactured shots, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. The first dose was administered to a sanitation worker at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the campaign with a nationally televised speech

India on Sunday reported 15,144 fresh COVID-19 infections with 181 fatalities pushing the country's caseload to 1,05,57,985, toll now at 1,52,274.

Loud applause and cheers rang out as the first jabs were administered to frontline workers at hospitals and healthcare centres across the country on Saturday at the start of the gargantuan COVID-19 vaccination exercise, hailed as a momentous occasion in India's fight against the pandemic.

"This is the beginning of the final war," said Dr Naveen Thacker, a paediatrician and member of the Gujarat government's task force on coronavirus, after receiving the first vaccine in the state.

Vaccination rooms were decorated with flowers and balloons, the first beneficiaries were welcomed with 'aarti', garlands and sweets, and people posed with victory signs after receiving the shots as a sense of hope prevailed over the months of anxiety and uncertainty as well as any apprehensions about the vaccines.

Doctors, nurses, sanitation workers and eminent functionaries were among the nearly two lakh people who received the shots on the first day of the biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive in the world at 3,351 session sites, which were visited by chief ministers, ministers and senior officials.

For many health workers like Jalpa Gandhi, a nurse at the Ahmedabad civil hospital, there was finally some comfort as they recalled the difficult months spent during the coronavirus pandemic with gnawing fears that they may catch the virus while at work.

"I feel relieved after the vaccination. I wore PPE kits when attending to patients, but there was always this apprehension that I might get infected, said Gandhi who has been on COVID- 19 duty' from March 22, 2020, when the first coronavirus patient in the state was admitted to the civil hospital.

Political leaders, experts and prominent people from all walks of life urged the people not to believe in any misleading claims.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders hailed the corona warriors and remembered those who lost their lives in the pandemic since January last year.

Striking an emotional chord, Modi spoke of the disruption the pandemic had caused to people's lives, isolating victims of the coronavirus and denying the dead traditional last rites.

The country has so far reported 1.05 crore COVID-19 cases and 1,52,093 deaths.

In a choked voice, the prime minister also referred to sacrifices made by healthcare and frontline workers, hundreds of whom lost their lives to the viral infection.

"Our vaccination programme is driven by humanitarian concerns, those exposed to maximum risk will get priority," the prime minister said, while noting that young and old in every household have had the same question for some time as to when will the coronavirus vaccine arrive.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said it was an epoch-making moment for India that will take us closer to ending this pandemic.

Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker, became the first person in the national capital to be administered a COVID-19 vaccine during the launch of the drive at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the presence of Vardhan.

As people around applauded, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria also received a shot of the vaccine followed by NITI Aayog member V K Paul.

Kumar, who works at the AIIMS along with his mother Laxmi Rani, said he was not at all nervous and was "proud of getting the vaccine".

Vardhan said the two vaccines were a 'sanjivani', life infusing, in the fight against the pandemic.

"We have won the battle against polio and now we have reached the decisive phase of winning the war against COVID. I want to congratulate all frontline workers on this day," he told reporters shortly after the vaccine shots were administered.

Volunteers were given chocolates, cakes and juices after the shots at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital (RGSSH) in Delhi.

At Mumbai's Cooper Hospital, dozens of health workers clapped and cheered the "vaccine carrier" staff who were given a traditional welcome with aarti'.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar compared the fight against COVID-19 to the last Test match against Australia, saying there were "lots of ups and downs" but the frontline warriors took many blows and ensured that the team wouldn't collapse.

Taking to Twitter, Bollywood celebrities applauded the scientists and doctors for their achievement. "#LargestVaccineDrive Thanks to all the scientists and Doctors and Health care workers Thanks @narendramodi," veteran actor-politician Paresh Rawal tweeted.

"Bravo India! Congratulations to Indian authorities, medical & health teams for starting off the massive Covid vaccination drive. Forever grateful to our frontline heroes who have been risking their lives this past year to save others," actor Priyanka Chopra said.

The two vaccines being administered are Covishield, developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), and Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad.

SII CEO Adar Poonawalla shared on Twitter a video of receiving the jab.

Raja Chowdhury, a Group D staff at the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, was given the first dose of Covishield in West Bengal as the inoculation exercise started in the presence of Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, an official said.

"Today I feel so relieved after receiving the vaccine. It's a lifetime experience and I will tell everyone about it. All these months, I have seen what this disease can do to a family, how dreams have been shattered," Chowdhury told PTI.

 

Asha Pawar (55), who receives the vaccine at Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) Hospital in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, said she had no apprehensions about the safety of the vaccine and hoped that it will prove helpful in saving lives.

"There was an atmosphere of fear during the outbreak of the epidemic in Indore. But now, after getting this vaccine, I have no fear and I feel very good," said Pawar and flashed the victory sign.

 

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