Over 8.06 lakh beneficiaries vaccinated for COVID-19 in the country

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SMO CHC Pughoboto Dr.J.Hokugha Sema received the covid vaccine in presence of ADC Pughoboto Thungchanbemo Tungoe at CHC Pughoboto on 19 January 2021. Photo: DIPR

Union Government has said that more than eight lakh six thousand beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 till 21st January, 2021 across the country. The Health Ministry said, during the last 24 hours, one lakh 31 thousand 649 people were vaccinated across two thousand 398 sessions. The Ministry said, more than 14 thousand sessions has been conducted so far. Karnataka stands at the top position with over one lakh 21 thousand inoculations followed by Andhra Pradesh with over 91 thousand and Telangana over 69 thousand.

Union Health Minister says COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe and effective and these vaccines will prove to be a last nail in the coffin of COVID-19 disease.

While releasing the communication creatives prepared by Health and Family Welfare Ministry to address issues related to vaccine hesitancy, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, over eight lakh people have been vaccinated in the country and very few cases have emerged wherein the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have been observed. He said, adverse events or side effects are common and it surface after any vaccination.

He stressed that two indigenous vaccines have been authorized after sufficient scientific scrutiny, human trials and identifying the efficacy. He said, several countries are approaching India to export these vaccines to their country. Urging on the need to counter the misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, the Minister said, vaccines have played critical role in the past in controlling the various diseases like chicken pox and polio. Dr. Vardhan said, it is unfortunate that some people are spreading misinformation about the vaccines which has developed vaccine hesitancy in few people.