Covid-19 vaccination: I can’t deny the chances of an adverse event, states say be prepared, says health secretary

India’s fatality rate (CFR) is 1.45 percent, while globally it is 2.26 percent, Bhushan estimated, adding that India’s CFR is among the lowest in the world. (Representative image; AP photo)

Union Secretary for Health Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday that adverse events could not be denied when vaccination against Covid-19 began in the country and added that it was essential for the states and territories of the union to prepare for such possibilities.

Speaking about the preparation for the COVID-19 vaccination unit, Bhushan said that the states were given detailed instructions on the control practices and prevention of infections during the Covid-19 vaccination unit. Guidelines have also been issued on the management of minor, severe, serious adverse events after immunization, he added.

Speaking about the possibilities of adverse events during the coronavirus immunization program, Bhushan said it was a “critical issue” and said that during the universal immunization programs that have been going on for decades, some side effects are observed in children and pregnant women after vaccination.

He cited the example of the United Kingdom in which adverse events were observed on the very first day of the Covid-19 vaccine and said that the possibility of such adverse events could not be denied and it was essential that the states and territories of the Union be prepared for such situations.

The execution of the inoculation plan is ongoing and the states have been given guidelines for estimating the electrical and non-electrical equipment of the cold chain. Guidelines on cold chain management (for the storage and safe storage of temperature-sensitive vaccine ampoules) and finally cold chain points and session locations were also issued, the health secretary said.

Offering a reduction in the number of Coronavirus tests performed so far in India, Bhushan said that more than 15.55 tests have been performed so far to detect coronavirus infection, and the cumulative positivity rate has dropped to 6.37 over time. what the average daily positivity rate over the past week was 3.00 percent.

India’s fatality rate (CFR) is 1.45%, while globally it is 2.26%, Bhushan said, adding that India’s CFR is among the lowest in the world.

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