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India Covid-19 Vaccination Highlights No fine for not wearing masks inside private vehicles, says Mumbai’s civic body

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination India Highlights: India on Sunday reported 15,144 new Covid-19 cases and 181 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. The overall case tally touched 1,05,57,985, with 2,08,826 active cases and 1,52,274 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: January 18, 2021 9:06:38 am
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COVID-19 Vaccination India Live Updates: As many as 1.91 lakh people were inoculated across the country on day 1 of the world’s largest immunisation exercise against the coronavirus. Calling it a success, the Union Health Ministry said “no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation has been reported so far”, indicating there was no known incident of severe adverse reaction.

India on Sunday reported 15,144 new Covid-19 cases and 181 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. The overall case tally touched 1,05,57,985, with 2,08,826 active cases and 1,52,274 deaths.

India will administer shots to three crore frontline workers in phase one. There are 3,006 session sites across the country, where 100 beneficiaries each will be given either of India’s two indigenous vaccines, Covaxin or Covishield. Every beneficiary will need to receive two doses of the same vaccine, 28 days apart.

On the break-up of Covishield and Covaxin, the Ministry data showed that while the first vaccine, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute, had been supplied to all states and Union territories, the indigenously developed Covaxin was administered in “clinical trial mode” in 12 states, including the national capital. Each session site could administer only one of the two vaccines.

During the vaccination drive, Maharashtra recorded 14 cases of adverse events, however, none of them were fatal. State officials currently studying them.

Since the pandemic hit India in early 2020, over one crore and 5.42 lakh people have been infected with the disease, while close to 1.52 lakh have died. At present, Kerala and Maharashtra are reporting the highest number of daily cases.

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Coronavirus India Live Updates: 1.91 lakh get shots across nation; no post-vaccine complication; 15,144 new cases, 181 deaths in past 24 hours. Read latest news and updates below

22:22 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Vaccination Day 2: 2,24,301 immunised, 447 cases of adverse reaction

On the second day of the anti-coronavirus vaccination drive, the Union Health Ministry Sunday said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine so far. It also said that 447 cases of adverse events had been recorded following the immunisation.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani told reporters that out of the 447 adverse events, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions, a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. READ MORE

20:13 (IST)17 Jan 2021
'No side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine in Maharashtra so far'

There has been no case of adverse reaction or side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine in Maharashtra so far, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Sunday, a day after the inoculation drive was undertaken across the country. Talking to PTI, Tope also expressed confidence that "everything will be safe".

As many as 18,425 beneficiaries, or 65 per cent of the target for the first day, were given vaccine shot across the state on Saturday, a health department official earlier said. "There has absolutely been no report of any adverse reaction or side-effects of the vaccine following the drive on Saturday. Everything was safe, it will be safe," Tope said. The Maharashtra government on Saturday evening announced suspension of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state till Monday owing to problems in the Co-WIN app.

The app has been created by the Centre for managing registration for the inoculation.

19:40 (IST)17 Jan 2021
447 adverse events reported after vaccination: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry stated that 447 cases of AEFI (Adverse event following immunization) were reported on 16th and 17th January and three required hospitalisation. 

19:37 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Lebanon signs with Pfizer for 2.1 million vaccine doses

Lebanon finalised a deal with Pfizer on Sunday for 2.1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine amid surge in infections that has overwhelmed the country's health care system.

The doses are to arrive in Lebanon starting early February, according to Lebanon's health ministry.

The government's statement said the Pfizer vaccines will be complemented with another 2.7 million doses from the U.N.-led programme to provide for countries in need. It gave no date for when those doses are expected to arrive but said the agreement was signed in October. 

18:23 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Austria tightens lockdown, extends it to Feb. 7

Austria is extending its lockdown until February 7 in an attempt to bring down still-high infection figures, as authorities worry about the possible impact of more infectious variants of the coronavirus. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Sunday that distancing rules will be toughened, with people asked to stay 2 meters apart instead of 1 meter. They will also be told to wear full protective masks in public transport and shops, rather than just fabric face coverings. Austria's current lockdown, its third, started on December 26 and had been due to end on January 24.

Kurz said Austria needs to get as close as it can to an infection level of 50 new cases per 100,000 residents over 7 days. The figure now stands at 131. He said the plan is to reopen shops. schools and other services such as hairdressers on February 8. But he said it wont be possible to reopen restaurants and hotels in February. (PTI)

17:47 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Vaccination: 'Wait and watch' approach, CoWin aap snags blamed for 53 pc turnout in Delhi on Day 1

People adopting a "wait and watch" approach, lack of communication and glitches in CoWin app are the major reasons why only 53 per cent people got the COVID-19 shots on the first day in Delhi, experts said on Sunday. In Delhi, 4,319 healthcare workers 53.3 per cent of those registered got the shots on Saturday, the first day of the world's largest vaccination drive against the pandemic.

"There is a little bit of apprehension (about the vaccine). Also, people in India adopt a 'wait and watch' approach in important matters, be it purchasing a new car or an appliance. People consider the experiences of others before taking a call," B L Sherwal, Medical Director of Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, said.

In his hospital, 45 people got the jabs on Saturday. "There is a need for creating more awareness and building confidence among people. No major vaccine-related side effects were reported on Saturday, which is going to encourage others to take the shots," he said.
An AIIMS security guard had developed an allergic reaction after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. He was kept under observation of doctors at the hospital, an official had said on Saturday. (PTI)

17:31 (IST)17 Jan 2021
PM Modi should have taken COVID vaccine shot: Cong leader

Senior Congress leader and former UP legislator Pradeep Mathur on Sunday said it would have been better had Prime Minister Narendra Modi taken the coronavirus vaccine shot on the first day of the inoculation drive, thereby injecting confidence among people.

"It would have been better had Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented an example like that of Joe Biden, the president-elect of the US, by getting himself vaccinated. By taking the COVID-19 vaccine shot, he would have injected confidence among people of the country. People are still feeling hesitant in getting themselves vaccinated," Mathur said here on Sunday. Sharpening his attack on the Centre over the farmers'' protest, Mathur said, "Even Lord Ram will not be able to save them. They have incurred the curse of farmers.”

He said the Modi government will have to bear the consequences of insensitivity towards farmers. “They have been speaking about doubling the income of farmers but now it seems they are acting at the behest of the capitalists," Mathur said.

16:56 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Mizoram logs 8 new cases, tally rises to 4,322

Mizoram on Sunday reported eight new COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 4,322, an official said. Of the eight cases, seven were reported from Aizawl district and one from Kolasib district, he said.

Six cases were confirmed at Zoram Medical College's RT-PCR laboratory and two were detected through Rapid Antigen Test from Aizawl and Kolasib district.

Mizoram now has 85 active COVID-19 cases, while 4,228 people have recovered from the virus and the coronavirus recovery rate in the state is 97.83 per cent, the official said. The CCOVID-19 death toll in Mizoram is nine so far. The state has tested 1,92,766 samples till date, of which 2.24 per cent was found positive for COVID-19.

16:21 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Some didn't turn up for COVID vaccination at the last moment in Delhi: Health Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said some people did not turn up for coronavirus vaccination at the last moment, adding that the government cannot ask anyone to compulsorily take the jab. He also said that the number of vaccination centres in Delhi will be increased from 81 to 175 soon. In Delhi, a total of 4,319 healthcare workers - 53.3 per cent of those registered - got the vaccine shots on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday, the minister said.

Jain noted that a similar trend was observed across the country, adding that around 50 per cent of those registered got the jabs on the first day. "Some people decided not to turn up at the last moment. The vaccination programme is completely voluntary. We cannot ask anyone to compulsorily take the shot even if the person has registered for it," he said.

One "severe" and 51 "minor" cases of AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) were reported among health workers who were administered the coronavirus vaccine in Delhi on Saturday, according to official figures. An AIIMS security guard had developed an allergic reaction after receiving the vaccine. He was kept under observation of doctors, an official had said on Saturday.

15:42 (IST)17 Jan 2021
246 new COVID cases, 8 deaths in Delhi

Delhi registered 246 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in around eight months, and eight more deaths on Sunday, as the positivity rate dipped to 0.36 per cent, the Health Department said. The infection tally rose to 6,32,429 and the death toll mounted to 10,746, according to a health bulletin.

This is the 14th time that the daily count stood below the 500 mark in January and the eight consecutive day since January 10 when the figures have stood below the 400mark. The 246 new cases came out of the 67,463 tests, including 40,102 RT-PCR and 27,361 rapid antigen tests. The active cases dropped to 2,544 from 2,691 the previous day, while the positivity rate dropped to 0.36 per cent, the department said.

As many as 6,18,754 patients have recovered, been discharged or migrated so far.

15:15 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Odisha reports 183 fresh COVID-19 cases, one more death

Odishas COVID-19 tally on Sunday mounted to 3,33,310 after 183 more people tested positive for the virus, while a fresh fatality pushed the death toll to 1,900, a health department official said. Of the 183 new cases, 106 have been reported from different quarantine centres, while 77 detected during contact tracing.

Angul district recorded the highest number of 20 new cases, followed by Sambalpur (19) and Sundergarh (18). The Health and Family Welfare department expressed regret over the death of a 52-year-old male COVID-19 positive patient from Bhubaneswar, who was also suffering from diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and had undergone renal transplantation.

With this fatality, Odishas coronavirus death toll climbed to 1,900. Besides, 53 other COVID-19 positive patients have also died due to comorbidities, he said. Of the total 1,900 fatalities reported so far, Khurda district, of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, accounted for 334 deaths followed by Ganjam (248), Sundergarh (171), Cuttack (140) and Puri (1,171).

14:50 (IST)17 Jan 2021
No fine for not wearing masks inside private vehicles, says Mumbai’s civic body

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it will stop fining people for not wearing masks inside their private vehicles. However, those who don’t wear masks in public transport will be fined.

14:42 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Active cases fall below 2 per cent of total caseload for first time: Health Ministry

The share of India's active Covid-19 cases, which stand at 2,08,826, has fallen below 2 per cent of the total caseload for the first time, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday, PTI reported.

The ministry attributed the fall to a steady decline in daily cases.

"For the first time, India's share of active cases within the total positive cases has shrunk below 2 per cent (1.98 per cent)," the ministry said in a statement.

13:26 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Amitabh Bachchan hails Covid-19 vaccination drive, hopes to eradicate coronavirus like polio

As India kickstarted the world's largest vaccination drive against coronavirus yesterday, actor Amitabh Bachchan Sunday said he is hoepful the country will become Covid-19 free, PTI reported.

Bachchan said people of India will eliminate coronavirus from the country like polio."It was a proud moment when we made India polio free; it shall be just as proud a moment when we make India COVID-19 free #LargestVaccineDrive @MoHFW_India @UNICEFIndia #largestVaccinationdrive JAI HIND," the actor tweeted.

12:05 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Over 15,000 in Bengal get shots, target short by 25%

The Covid-19 vaccination drive in West Bengal began on Saturday, with 15,707 health workers receiving their doses. Among the first to receive the vaccine were two Group-D employees of SSKM Hospital in Kolkata and Sagore Dutta Hospital in North 24 Parganas district.

According to officials, 20,700 workers were scheduled to be inoculated by the end of the day in 207 centres, but 25 per cent of those eligible did not turn up. Health officials said they were looking into why so many health workers were absent.

11:17 (IST)17 Jan 2021
India records 15,144 new Covid-19 cases

India on Sunday reported 15,144 new Covid-19 cases and 181 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said.

The overall case tally touched 1,05,57,985, with 2,08,826 active cases and 1,52,274 deaths. The Health Ministry data stated that active cases form 1.98 per cent of the total caseload.

10:52 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Experts on the vaccination drive: ‘Like expecting a baby, seeing it being born’

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolling out the vaccination drive against the pandemic that has caused 1,52,093 deaths and upended millions of lives in the country, experts — who have been spending hours ironing out creases ahead of the launch of the inoculation campaign — said they were ecstatic and relieved to execute the herculean task much ahead of time.

Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS and a member of the Covid task force was among the first ones to take a shot of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS on Saturday. Calling the vaccination programme “a game changer”, he said, “Before this, we did not have any definite treatment strategy. We were giving a lot of drugs but we didn’t have a good antiviral drug. This is one strategy which is going towards finding an end to the pandemic. The vaccination programme is something which has happened early. When the discussions were going on, people were even thinking of March for getting the vaccine. People have worked extra hard, both in terms of the manufacturers, trials and rolling out the whole process because there was a huge upscaling that was required.”

10:22 (IST)17 Jan 2021
Ladakh to Kerala, vaccine rollout begins

Of the 28,500 health workers who had been listed to get the vaccine on the inaugural day, Maharashtra recorded a turnout of 64.3 per cent. Of the 18,328 people vaccinated in Maharashtra on Saturday, 10 recipients suffered mild reactions including nausea, vomiting, and anxiety.

Jharkhand, meanwhile, conducted the vaccination drive accross 48 sites among 3,200 health workers. The state has 1.5 lakh health care workers. It faced several challenges in preparing for the vaccination process. Read on to find out more about the Covid-19 immunisation exercise in states and UTs.

22:39 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Vaccination temporarily suspended till January 18 in Maharashtra

Covid-19 vaccination has been temporarily suspended till January 18 in Maharashtra due to technical issues with CoWIN App, the State Health Department has said.

22:04 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Covid-19 vaccination, Day 1–As it happened

Nearly a year after India reported its first case of the novel coronavirus, which has so far sickened more than a crore people and killed more than 1.5 lakh, India on Saturday kicked off the world’s largest immunisation exercise against Covid-19.

On Day 1, over 1.91 lakh beneficiaries from the three crore priority group comprising healthcare and frontline workers were given the first shots of Covid-19 vaccines as part of the first phase. No case of post-inoculation hospitalisation was reported, the Union Health Ministry said.

Stating that the vaccination drive was successfully conducted on the first day, Additional Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Manohar Agnani said a total of 16,755 personnel were involved in organising 3,351 vaccination sessions. The 11 states and union territories where both Covishield and Covaxin were administered were Assam (65 sessions), Bihar (301), Delhi (81), Haryana (77), Karnataka (242), Maharashtra (285), Odisha (161), Rajasthan (167) Tamil Nadu (160), Telangana (14) and Uttar Pradesh (317). Read full detail here.


covid 19, covid 19 vaccine, covid 19 vaccination, covid 19 vaccination india, covid 19 vaccination, covid vaccination in india, covid vaccination drive, coronavirus vaccine, coronavirus vaccine in india, coronavirus news At the LNJP Hospital in New Delhi Friday, ahead of the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a review with health ministers of all states at the end of the day. Noting that they had been preparing for the day for the past five months, Vardhan said, “We have got encouraging and satisfactory feedback on the first day. This indicates that we are moving towards victory in the fight against the coronavirus.”

The minister urged the states to be “vigilant against rumours and disinformation campaigns” regarding the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines and asked them to make an “effective strategy” to counter the misinformation. Health Secretary and co-chair of the high-level committee on vaccine administration Rajesh Bhushan was also present at the meeting.

On the issues faced, the Health Ministry said they faced two on Day 1. “First, there was a delay in uploading of the beneficiary list at some sessions sites on the Co-WIN platform. The issue was resolved; system performance and speed (of Co-WIN) was improved and is being further optimised,” Additional Secretary Dr Manohar Agnani said.

“There was a small issue where healthcare workers not scheduled for today’s session were vaccinated. We evolved a process and states were asked to upload the details of such healthcare workers on the Co-WIN database,” Agnani said.

A statement by the Health Ministry said, “The first day of the massive countrywide Covid-19 vaccination programme was conducted successfully. A total of 3,352 sessions were held, wherein 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated as per the provisional reports. Additional 3,429 beneficiaries were vaccinated at Defence institutions. As many as 16,755 personnel were actively involved in organising the immunisation session sites.”

The top five states in terms of the number of people vaccinated were Uttar Pradesh (21,291), Andhra Pradesh (18,412), Maharashtra (18,328), Bihar (18,169) and Odisha (13,746). The states and Union territories with among the lowest numbers were Tamil Nadu (2,945), Uttarakhand (2,276), Jammu & Kashmir (2,044), Himachal Pradesh (1,517) and Punjab (1,319).

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