The Union health ministry has said that over 16 lakh healthcare workers across the country have received Covid-19 vaccination till Sunday evening, the ninth day of the nationwide immunisation drive.
The drive was launched on January 16 and the government is planning to inoculate over 30 crore high-risk groups, including healthcare and frontline workers, the elderly and those with comorbidities by July 2021.
On the other hand, the country reported 14,849 new cases, 15,948 discharges, and 155 deaths on Sunday, as per health ministry’s updated data. This means the weekly Covid cases have come down to 1 lakh
The ministry said that 31,466 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Sunday till 7.30 pm in five states — Haryana (907), Karnataka (2,472), Punjab (1,007), Rajasthan (24,586) and Tamil Nadu (2,494) — through 693 sessions.
Only 10 adverse events following immunisation have been reported till 7.30 pm on Sunday, it stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Delhi that Indian scientists have done their duty by developing the vaccine and “now we have to fulfil ours” by defeating through right information, every network spreading lies and rumours about the vaccination.
Meanwhile in Andhra Pradesh, an ASHA worker died in the Government General Hospital in Guntur on Sunday with her fellow workers alleging that she died following vaccination.
In Telangana’s Warangal too, a 45-year old Anganwaadi teacher who was administered vaccine nearly a week ago, died after complaining of chest pain overnight, said some sources.