573 health workers vaccinated so far, one suffers serious side effectsSECOND BATCH OF 14000 COVISHI

Summit Report

Gangtok, 20 Jan:

So far, 573 health workers have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in Sikkim.

On the second day of the vaccination at Singtam hospital, 55 health workers received their first shot of the Covishield vaccine while 80 health workers got their first shot of the vaccine at Namchi hospital. At the Urban Primary Health Centre where vaccination began today, 80 received the COVID-19 vaccine.

In all the centres, the target was to vaccinate 100 health workers on the day.

Till Tuesday, 358 health workers had been vaccinate and together with the 215 health workers receiving the vaccine today, 573 have so far received their first dose.

Meanwhile, the second batch of the COVID-19 vaccine Covishield arrived in Sikkim today at around 4:30 P.M. This batch contains 1400 vials (14000 doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine which was received by Assistant Engineer, Biomedical cum Cold Chain Officer and his team.

The vaccines are stored in the Walk-in Cooler of Universal Immunization Program (UPI) Store, Cold Chain Section in STNM Complex.

So far 12 incidents of Adverse Event Following Immunization [AEFI] have been reported in the state since the vaccination began on 16 Jan. Of these 3 inNamchi hospital and 8 in STNM Hospital experienced minor side effects while only one in STNM Hospital experienced serious side effects after receiving the vaccine.

However, the Health authorities have not revealed details of the kind of serious side effects this person has suffered.