UPDATED: February 5, 2021 11:15 IST
Rubbishing allegations concerning the coronavirus vaccines, the Centre has said there is no evidence to suggest any such link between vaccination and the deaths of 19 healthcare workers. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 40 lakh healthcare and frontline workers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 since the inoculation drive was launched on January 16.
None of the deaths of healthcare workers have been attributed to coronavirus vaccines approved for emergency use in India, Dr VK Paul told reporters during a press conference on Thursday. There is a structured mechanism to monitor adverse event following immunisation (AEFI), Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.
“There are 19 deaths of vaccinated people. Postmortem of all these deaths have been carried out by a board of three doctors. The state AEFI committees have deliberated on all these matters. There is no evidence of deaths caused due to the vaccination and once the National AEFI Committee meets and deliberates on this, the data will be shared on public domain,” Rajesh Bhushan said in response to a question.
Bhushan went on to add, “There is a process which needs to be completed. So those who say that government has rushed to certify that there is no causality is absolutely baseless narrative.”
‘Vaccines safest that can ever be devised’
A member of the NITI Aayog and chairman of the Centre’s National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration, Dr Paul said, “It is settled that these vaccines are safe.”
“After giving 45 lakh doses, there are minimal side effects some times, like one person out of 1,150 persons got a side effect and no death has been attributed yet, proves that these vaccines are superbly safe and safest that can ever be devised,” Dr VK Paul added.
‘Hospitalisation cases 0.0007% of people vaccinated’
Re-affirming the Government of India’s confidence in the mechanism for reporting and probing adverse events following immunization, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan went on to say, “We have a total of 8,563 AEFIs which have been captured in our digital system. We have done vaccination in lakhs. So what percentage is this? 0.18 per cent only.”
“There have been so far 34 cases hospitalisation which is 0.0007 per cent of people immunized,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan added.