Sun. Apr 18th, 2021

A health worker gets vaccinated at JP Hospital in Bhopal on Thursday
A health worker gets vaccinated at JP Hospital in Bhopal on Thursday

Bhopal: In the first week of Covid-19 vaccination drive, more than 38000 health workers were vaccinated at 150 vaccination booths across the state. However, more than 22000 health workers who were also scheduled to be vaccinated in this period, could not be vaccinated in the first week.

Overall, a total of around 60960 health workers were scheduled for the jab and messages were sent to them cumulatively in the four days of vaccination drive held on January 16, January 18, January 20 and January 21. Of these, only 38263 health workers turned up for vaccination.

Sources said that there were several reasons that led to this delay. First of all there were some apprehensions among people, then some people could not get messages on time, few others were not well and some people were out of station or could not come due to one or other reasons.

But now that one week is over and close to 40000 people have been vaccinated and no serious adverse event has been reported so far in the state, people are gaining confidence and the number of people getting vaccinated has started increasing. Especially since the fourth day when changes were made and it was allowed that those who have been left behind and are in waiting could also be vaccinated and more than 100 people could be vaccinated at each booth, the drive gained momentum.

Overall around 90 minor adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) were reported in these four days and none of the beneficiaries reported any complaint after the first few minutes of the vaccination when they felt uneasy, said sources.

Vaccination was lowest on the second day of vaccination when only 60% vaccination was reported, added sources. Around 36% of 60960 health workers who were scheduled for vaccination could not be vaccinated, in the first week.

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