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One “severe” ad 51 “minor” cases of adverse events following immunisation were reported among health workers who were administered the corona virus vaccine in Delhi on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on Saturday, official figures showed.

Against a target of 8,117 health workers to be vaccinated on the first day of the drive-in 11 districts of Delhi, a total of 4,319 were administered the vaccine, figures showed. Officials said a few cases of adverse events were observed in some people who were administered the vaccine.

“A few cases of adverse events after immunisation were reported but most were minor; and the persons were normalised during the observation period. Only one severe AEFI case was reported in South Delhi,” said a top government official.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), any untoward medical occurrence which follows immunisation and does not necessarily have a causal relationship with the usage of the vaccine is known as AEFI (Adverse Events following Immunisation).

District officials said most of the people who developed “minor” AEFI post-vaccination complained about dizziness and headache. They will be monitored for a few days to ensure their normal state of health, they said.

In AIIMS here, a security guard who was administered a shot of Covaxin; on Saturday was admitted to the hospital after he developed an allergic reaction as part of “severe” adverse events following immunisation.

According to All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Randeep Guleria, the security guard, in his 20s, at AIIMS who received the jab after 4 pm, complained of palpitations and developed allergic skin rash within 15-20 minutes after being inoculated and was admittedly to the facility.

Eleven cases of “minor” AEFI were reported from south and southwest districts, showed official data. The “minor” AEFI cases were reported from all districts except the northeast and Shahdara districts, officials said.

Administration of corona virus vaccine started in Delhi at 81 centres across the city on Saturday. Each Centre was targeted to administer vaccines to 100 people. Northwest and west Delhi districts had the highest target of 1,100 vaccinations; each where 706 and 497 people, respectively, were vaccinated.

In northeast Delhi, there were two vaccination centres and a total of 77 people; were vaccinated against the target of 200 people, official figures showed.

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