NEW DELHI : The possibility of an adverse event after vaccination for COVID-19 cannot be ruled out, the government said on Tuesday and urged union states and territories to be prepared for it as part of the anti-coronavirus inoculation action.
At a press briefing, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said adverse events after immunization (AEFI) were a critical issue and states were asked to identify at least one adverse event following the immunization management center (AEFI). ) from each block.
“Even during universal immunization programs, which have been going on for decades, some side effects are seen in children and pregnant women after receiving vaccines.
“So we cannot deny the possibility of an adverse event when COVID-19 vaccination begins. In countries where inoculation has already begun, especially in the UK, adverse events occurred on the very first day. So it is essential that states and territories the union is preparing for this as well, “Bhushan said.
Detailed instructions on infection prevention and control practices during vaccination and the management of minor, severe and severe EFSA have been issued to states by the center, he said.
“States have been required to identify at least one AEFI management center in each block. PHC, CHC, district hospitals, private health institutions or any other fixed health unit with medical officers and paramedical staff may be identified as AEFI management “. he said.
Furthermore, each session site must be connected to a designated AEFI management center and AEFI can also be reported through Co-WIN, a digitized platform, which will be used to track the beneficiaries enrolled for vaccination and coronavirus vaccines on a real-time, he added.