India begins vaccination program, 51 adverse reactions reported, 1 person hospitalized

News Desk

India begins its nationwide immunization drive and dozens of health workers in Delhi who were the first in line to be inoculated against Covid19 have experienced side effects from the jab.

According to media reports, at least 51 healthcare workers in Delhi suffered minor adverse reactions after receiving the jab on Saturday with one admitted to the ICU.

The Indian health athorities hav said that the most common side effects were dizziness and headache. Theey said that several people reported tightness in the chest and were administered medical treatment, while one individual experienced a serious health emergency after suffering from headache, rashes, respiratory distress, and tachycardia after taking the vaccine.

Accoring to India Today reports, the patient was administered adrenaline and rushed to an intensive care unit and his symptoms worsened for at least 30 minutes after being hospitalized. The health authorities have classified the case as a serious instance of AEFI (adverse events following immunization).

It is to be mentioned here that India granted emergency approval to two variants of the coronavirus vaccine earlier this month. The two vaccines were Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Covishield, a jab based on the AstraZeneca/Oxford formula and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. Both shots are being used in Delhi.