Data and developments regarding India’s vaccination against Corona for 3 days are available before us. Based on this, there are some trends that can be traced and some initial takeaways that can be derived.
Vaccination Keeping the Peace
The Safety Concerns
The government is not withholding any information about the cases in which an adverse impact was witnessed. An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) may or may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process.
580 cases of AEFI have been reported so far. Out of these, seven have required hospitalization. Of the three cases were reported from Delhi, of which two have been discharged whereas one case with reporting fainting is under observation at Max Hospital, Patparganj. The reported case of AEFI in Uttarakhand is stable and under observation at AIIMS, Rishikesh.
In Chhattisgarh, one person is under observation at the Govt. Medical College, Rajnandgaon. Of the two cases of AEFI in Karnataka, one is under observation at District Hospital, Chitradurga and the second person is under observation at General Hospital, Challakere, Chitradurga.
Of the two deaths reported, the death of the 52-year-old male from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh (who was vaccinated on 16th Jan 2021 and died on the evening of 17th Jan 2021) was concluded to be unrelated to vaccination as per the post mortem report. Death was caused due to cardiopulmonary disease.
In the instance of another death of 43-year-old man, a detailed post-mortem report is awaited.
With Vaccine Shots, India Gained Global Trust and Leadership
Though the political opposition in India is trying to sow seeds of doubts about the vaccines and target the Modi government politically in this matter, neighbouring nations are increasingly looking at these vaccines as a shot of hope and have exhibited immense trust in India’s capacity.
Here are some instances that speak for themselves.
My heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi on the successful roll out of the #COVID19 vaccine & his generosity towards friendly neighbouring countries. #COVID19Vaccination #india #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/ToscTxwge6
— Gotabaya Rajapaksa (@GotabayaR) January 17, 2021
Congratulations to PM @narendramodi and the Indian government for its landmark program to vaccinate India’s population against COVID-19. I’m highly confident that you’ll be successful in this endeavor and that we are finally seeing an end to the COVID-19 scourge.
— Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (@ibusolih) January 17, 2021
I would like to congratulate PM @narendramodi and the people of India for the landmark launch of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive today. We hope it comes as an answer to pacify all the sufferings we have endured this pandemic. https://t.co/f921VupuJn pic.twitter.com/M9q3KKLFo3
— PM Bhutan (@PMBhutan) January 16, 2021
Prime Minister Hun Sen is seeking assistance from India for the provision of #COVID19 vaccines as the country has produced its own vaccine which is scheduled to be rolled out to more than 300 million Indians this year: Cambodian media
— ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2021
If all goes well in the days to come, India may stamp its leadership trait in the history of Indo-Pacific, as the neighbouring nations may narrate the story to their future generation that in Asia one nation sourced the disease while the other offered the relief.
The Value Differential
The vaccination phase has also shown that India is a unique country where faith and science go together despite the best efforts of certain section in deriding the former.
I love our country! 🇮🇳
This is the way the Covid vaccine was welcomed at one of our hospitals; with respect, affection and prayers.
We will beat Covid. The Gods are with us.#LargestVaccineDrive #India pic.twitter.com/xkkhvQP36K
— Amish Tripathi (@authoramish) January 17, 2021
It has also shown to the world that India shares precious resources with the vulnerable and the true warriors on priority.
India’s #LargestVaccineDrive is based on the ethos of care & compassion.
Biranchi Nayak, a Class IV worker at Capital hospital in Bhubaneswar gets the 1st dose of the #Covid19 vaccine. The country is eternally grateful towards these frontline warriors for their service. pic.twitter.com/gjtlXqtfPE
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) January 16, 2021
Though there are political forces at play working to spread negativity, it seems India is overcoming any apprehension that was there in this drive of immunisation against Covid-19.
Dr. Jitendar Nagpal from New Delhi speaks about his experience of getting vaccinated and addresses fears associated with the vaccine post his vaccination.#LargestVaccineDrive #United2FightCorona @PMOIndia @drharshvardhan @AshwiniKChoubey @PIB_India @COVIDNewsByMIB pic.twitter.com/HMp3eXqBnn
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) January 19, 2021