In Delhi, more than 53% of total health workers enrolled for vaccination on the first day turned out to receive Covid shots at 81 centres. As many as 4,319 healthcare workers out of 8,117 were vaccinated.
A total of 51 minor adverse events following vaccination were reported from the Capital and one person who got inoculated at Northern Railway Central Hospital reported severe adverse event. He had high BP, sugar and liver problems. He was discharged after being kept in observation for two hours.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain inspected the drive at Lok Nayak Hospital and said the Covid vaccines were safe and asked people not to pay heed to rumours.
At most centres, ‘Covishield’ was administered while at some central hospitals ‘Covaxin’ was administered. Some healthcare workers had apprehensions about the lack of safety or efficacy of Covaxin — India’s indigenously developed vaccine. But the apprehensions subsided after AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria and Dr V K Paul of Niti Aayog, who came along with his wife, took Covaxin at AIIMS.
At many centres the beneficiaries were seen waiting for vaccination which was started began after the conclusion of PM Modi’s speech marking the launch of the world’s largest vaccination programme.
In Lucknow, 840 healthcare workers received the first jab on Saturday. Some centres decorated vaccination rooms while others welcomed the cold storage boxes carrying vaccines with garlands and balloons.
Kolkata saw a healthy turnout of 92% though scepticism led a few to skip their turns at Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s health clinics.
In Bengaluru, 73% of the targeted 878 frontline workers received shots.
Chandigarh clocked a healthy 75% turnout.
In Ahmedabad, 550 women and 565 men among doctors and health workers took the shot. The Gujarat Cancer Society and government dental college at civil hospital recorded 100% attendance. In Hyderabad, while the target was 420, 417 got vaccinated.