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The government said that between Saturday morning and 5pm on Monday, 381,305 people were given doses in 7,704 sessions.(ANI)

Covid-19 vaccination drive hit by hesitancy hurdle

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:39 AM IST
The turnout dipped from 4,319 on Saturday to 3,593 on Monday in the national capital. At AIIMS in Delhi, only eight people were vaccinated on Monday, an official said, while asking not to be named. Officials said concerns over the vaccines’ safety appear to have deterred many people.
The state has set a target of inoculating around 28,500 health workers in a day (four days a week) at 258 centres across the state, officials said.
The state has set a target of inoculating around 28,500 health workers in a day (four days a week) at 258 centres across the state, officials said.

Maharashtra vaccine drive to resume today at 258 centres

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:31 AM IST
The announcement was made after the CM reviewed the preparations for the drive at a meeting held with state chief secretary Sanjay Kumar, CM’s principal adviser Ajoy Mehta, principal secretary to public health minister Dr Pradeep Vyas and other officials on Monday.
Health care workers queue up to get vaccinated at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday.( )
Health care workers queue up to get vaccinated at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi on Saturday.( )

Health care workers in Delhi who skipped vaccine shot to get another slot

By Abhishek Dey
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:00 AM IST
With the vaccination drive launched on Saturday, around 8,100 healthcare workers in Delhi were slotted for the first day of the jabs. However, of these, just 4,319 (around 53%) turned up at the 81 vaccine centres in the Capital.
Across the country, a large majority of the vaccinations done on Saturday were using the Covishield vaccine since that has one of the highest volumes of ready stock. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Across the country, a large majority of the vaccinations done on Saturday were using the Covishield vaccine since that has one of the highest volumes of ready stock. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

India inoculates 220k individuals over two days of Covid-19 vaccination drive

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:48 AM IST
According to officials, among the 207,229 who got doses on the first day, three people — or .0014% — had significant side effects. Of these three, two were hospitalised overnight and discharged the following day while one remained admitted as of late Sunday.
A health care worker receives a Covaxin shot at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOT)
A health care worker receives a Covaxin shot at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOT)

AIIMS guard who showed severe allergic reaction to vaccine released

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:01 AM IST
According to doctors at AIIMS, the security guard had complained of uneasiness, palpitation, headache, and developed rash after 10-15 minutes of having been given a shot. He was moved to the icu, and remained under observation of specialists for a day before being discharged on Sunday evening.
“I am absolutely fine. The wait for the vaccine is finally over but we cannot let our guards down against the virus,” Dr Anima Halder said
“I am absolutely fine. The wait for the vaccine is finally over but we cannot let our guards down against the virus,” Dr Anima Halder said

‘Necessary for docs to take first shot to break any myths’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:44 AM IST
“It was a nice feeling to have received the vaccine on the first day. It was also necessary for doctors to take the first shot as it would break any myths and encourage others to come forward to take the vaccine.” said Dr Anima Halder.
As many as 20 ITBP personnel were vaccinated Saturday( HT photo)
As many as 20 ITBP personnel were vaccinated Saturday( HT photo)

Over 3,000 personnel get Covid vaccine

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:20 AM IST
All earmarked military hospitals have been supplied with the first consignment of doses and the vaccination drive will gather momentum in the coming days, said a second official. Sepoy Sunil Das from the Army Medical Corps was the first one to receive the shot in Leh.
Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram
Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram

‘Not the time to lower your guard’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:08 AM IST
“It is a good beginning. But it is not the time to lower our guard,” Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram said. The government has warned recipients of the vaccine to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread before the second dose of the vaccine is given.
Each centre had a target of vaccinating 100 people on Saturday.
Each centre had a target of vaccinating 100 people on Saturday.

Will set an example that the vaccine is safe

UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Until Saturday evening, 4,319 of the scheduled 8,100 persons had got vaccinated in Delhi. Hospital authorities said some who were to get the jab said they were not in the city, or cited personal reasons. Authorities said the absentees could also be attributed to a glitch in the CoWIN app.
Sanitiation worker Manish Kumar was the first person in the Capital to be administered a Covid-19 jab as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr Randeep Guleria look on at AIIMS on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Sanitiation worker Manish Kumar was the first person in the Capital to be administered a Covid-19 jab as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dr Randeep Guleria look on at AIIMS on Saturday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

One small jab, a giant leap for Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:41 AM IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal assured people about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, saying “there is no need to worry” and urged people to continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. State health minister Satyendar Jain described the drive as successful.
The Co-WIN app is meant to facilitate real-time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries, besides assisting programme managers across national, state, and district levels.(AFP)
The Co-WIN app is meant to facilitate real-time information of vaccine stocks, storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries, besides assisting programme managers across national, state, and district levels.(AFP)

Technical glitches with Co-WIN app: Process goes manual at several locations

UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 07:22 AM IST
Due to difficulties in uploading data on the app, which has been developed by the central government to monitor and track the inoculation process, health care workers in some districts had to put up information about the vaccine recipients on the digital platform manually.
Manish Kumar said it wasn’t a coincidence that he was a part of the first batch of frontline staffers at the premier AIIMS to be vaccinated, all of whom received a jab of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.(REUTERS)
Manish Kumar said it wasn’t a coincidence that he was a part of the first batch of frontline staffers at the premier AIIMS to be vaccinated, all of whom received a jab of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.(REUTERS)

Manish Kumar first to take shot in Delhi

By shiv sunny
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:20 AM IST
Manish Kumar on Saturday emerged as the face of a months-long global effort against time to develop an inoculation against the infection that has killed over two million people. He said he always believed in the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.
No comments were made on the reports that many doctors expressed apprehension about taking the Covaxin shot.(Bloomberg Photo )
No comments were made on the reports that many doctors expressed apprehension about taking the Covaxin shot.(Bloomberg Photo )

Concerns over Covaxin as some cite ‘lack of data’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:14 AM IST
The controversy escalated during the day as reports said those receiving Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin were asked to sign consent forms before being inoculated because the jab had been allowed by the government in “clinical trial mode”.
The drive began simultaneously across dedicated vaccination centres set up across the country, where doses of Covishield and indigenously developed Covaxin were administered to people.
The drive began simultaneously across dedicated vaccination centres set up across the country, where doses of Covishield and indigenously developed Covaxin were administered to people.

Shielded and vaccinated: India begins mammoth immunisation drive

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:04 AM IST
According to data compiled from states by HT, 200,297 people were vaccinated. The number was shy of the 300,000 that was being estimated but still far higher than what was recorded by any country on its first day.
Employees welcome health workers carrying Covid vaccines at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday.( Bloomberg)
Employees welcome health workers carrying Covid vaccines at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday.( Bloomberg)

Nation receives a shot in the arm

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:31 AM IST
Union Health ministry figures showed that roughly 191,181 people received doses at 3,351 sites. This was short of the 300,000-plus target but still well above numbers recorded by any other country on the first day of inoculation
Hospitals across the city said they were equipped to deal with any adverse events.(ANI)
Hospitals across the city said they were equipped to deal with any adverse events.(ANI)

One severe adverse impact in Delhi: Person is stable, AIIMS says

By Anonna Dutt, Ashish Mishra
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:56 AM IST
“An AIIMS security guard has developed an allergic reaction after receiving Covid-19 vaccination here today. He is kept under observation of doctors at the hospital,” an AIIMS official said. In all, Delhi reported 51 minor reactions such as rashes, swelling at the site of injection, or fever.
The hospital saw 31 health care workers receive the shot after signing an informed consent form as mandated by the country’s apex drug regulator that gave the vaccine an approval in “clinical trial mode.”(ANI)
The hospital saw 31 health care workers receive the shot after signing an informed consent form as mandated by the country’s apex drug regulator that gave the vaccine an approval in “clinical trial mode.”(ANI)

RML resident docs raise concerns over Covaxin shots

UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:05 AM IST
“We would like to bring to your notice that the residents are a bit apprehensive about the lack of complete trial in case of Covaxin and might not participate in huge numbers thus defeating the purpose of vaccination.” representative of the resident doctors’ association at the hospital said.
The beneficiaries on Saturday included some of the leading doctors of Delhi who volunteered to take the first jab at various centres to build confidence about the two vaccines among the healthcare workers and the general public.(HT_PRINT)
The beneficiaries on Saturday included some of the leading doctors of Delhi who volunteered to take the first jab at various centres to build confidence about the two vaccines among the healthcare workers and the general public.(HT_PRINT)

Covid-19 vaccine drive kicks off in national capital, 53% turn out for jabs

UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:51 AM IST
Of the 11 districts in Delhi, the highest turnout was recorded at 71.44% in south Delhi. This was followed by the northwest district where 64% of the 1,100 healthcare workers were given the first dose. The north district vaccinated 32.1% of the total target, the lowest among the 11 districts.
States have been given a free hand to increase the number of session sites, if needed, as a single site cannot administer the vaccine to more than 100 beneficiaries in a day.
States have been given a free hand to increase the number of session sites, if needed, as a single site cannot administer the vaccine to more than 100 beneficiaries in a day.

Covid-19: Nationwide vaccination drive to start today

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:41 AM IST
Each centre will deploy vaccines from a single manufacturer to avoid mixing of doses in recipients, which is not permitted, said officials involved in the delivery programme that will be launched at 10.30am.
The officials, according to orders of the administration, are required to address safety concerns of citizens through awareness drives, ongoing door-to-door health surveys and speak over phone with people registered for the vaccination(AP)
The officials, according to orders of the administration, are required to address safety concerns of citizens through awareness drives, ongoing door-to-door health surveys and speak over phone with people registered for the vaccination(AP)

Build confidence in Covid vaccines, govt tells districts

By Abhishek Dey, Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:17 AM IST
This week, the revenue districts have been directed to systematically launch awareness programmes focused on confidence-building and addressing vaccine hesitancy.Starting Saturday, Covid vaccine will be administered to health care workers, their numbers estimated at 300,000 in Delhi.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat (right) interacts with soldiers deployed in the forward areas of Ladakh on January 12.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat (right) interacts with soldiers deployed in the forward areas of Ladakh on January 12.

Ladakh personnel may be among first from the force to get vaccine

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:18 AM IST
At least 12,000 doses of the vaccine have reached Ladakh of which around 4,000 have been earmarked for armed forces personnel to protect them from Covid-19, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Medical professionals check vaccine vials at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital
Medical professionals check vaccine vials at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital

Hospital staff upbeat a day before first jabs

UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:20 AM IST
Staff and technicians at Lok Nayak hospital worked till late evening on Friday to ensure that the vaccination drive on Saturday goes without a hitch. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off the vaccination drive from the hospital at 12 noon.
Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)
Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)

'Indians are not guinea pigs': Manish Tewari targets govt over Covid-19 vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:44 PM IST
Manish Tewari said that the government should not roll out Covaxin till its efficacy and reliability is completely established
The gravity of the moment dawned upon the drivers of the trucks as the crowd present at the gates erupted in spontaneous applause that pierced the silence of the morning
The gravity of the moment dawned upon the drivers of the trucks as the crowd present at the gates erupted in spontaneous applause that pierced the silence of the morning

As vaccine trucks leave Serum campus, India starts fight to end Covid in country

By Shalaka Shinde, Steffy Thevar
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 10:44 PM IST
At the stroke of 4:53 am, the gates opened, a police escort van remerged; it was followed by three trucks, with boxes carrying 5.65 million doses of the vaccine meant for Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna, Bengaluru, and Lucknow.
India will launch its Covid-19 vaccination drive from January 16 with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.
India will launch its Covid-19 vaccination drive from January 16 with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.

For now, Covid vaccine recipients will not get to choose from two options: Govt

PTI |
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:08 PM IST
Replying to a question at a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, "At many places in the world, more than one vaccine are being administered, but presently, in no country, vaccine recipients have the option of choosing the shots."
Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said vaccine effectiveness will be seen only after 14 days.(HT Photo)
Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said vaccine effectiveness will be seen only after 14 days.(HT Photo)

Gap of 28 days between two Covid-19 vaccine doses: Govt

PTI |
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:11 PM IST
India had recently granted emergency use authorisation to two vaccines, Oxford's Covishield being manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Both vaccines, the statement from the Health Ministry said, have established safety and immunogenicity.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI22-12-2020_000188B)(PTI)
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI22-12-2020_000188B)(PTI)

At meeting with PM, Mamata Banerjee asks about efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines

PTI |
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 10:54 PM IST
According to an official statement, Mamata Banerjee asked if "adequate scientific confirmation was available in support of both the vaccines that are now being offered by the government of India". Adding that adequate scientific opinions should be obtained before confirming efficacy.
In a joint press release sent out by IMA’s national president and secretary general, the medical body pledged the infrastructure available at its disposal to aid in the process of vaccine rollout.
In a joint press release sent out by IMA’s national president and secretary general, the medical body pledged the infrastructure available at its disposal to aid in the process of vaccine rollout.

IMA requests doctors to get vaccinated to counter vaccine misinformation

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:36 PM IST
IMA has prioritised the task of countering vaccine myths and misinformation circulating on social media. It stated in a press release that vaccinating doctors will vouch for the safety and quality of the vaccines, and offer support as the country gears up for their emergency usage.
Jharkhand’s health minister Banna Gupta ruled out any political differences or political ambitions over the Covid-19 vaccination issue. (ANI Photo )
Jharkhand’s health minister Banna Gupta ruled out any political differences or political ambitions over the Covid-19 vaccination issue. (ANI Photo )

People shouldn’t be made lab rats: Jharkhand minister on Covid vaccination drive

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 06:33 PM IST
Jharkhand’s health minister Banna Gupta comments came a day after the central government announced that the Covid-19 vaccination drive in India will begin from January 16.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with CMs before vaccination begins from January 16.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with CMs before vaccination begins from January 16.(PTI)

Ahead of world's 'biggest vaccination programme', PM Modi to meet CMs tomorrow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 03:00 PM IST
To track people above 50 years, the latest electoral roll for Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections will be used.
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