COVID Vaccination, Jan 18: India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on the first day under its COVID vaccination program, the worlds largest such exercise.

The Indian government vaccinated 17,072 beneficiaries in six states on Sunday, which marked the second day of the exercise.

This is much higher than many other countries such as The USA, the UK, and France, the Indian government said in a statement.

A total of 2, 24, 301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

On the second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19, the vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States (today being Sunday).

A total of 447 AEFIs have been reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21. Out of these, three required hospitalization.

Of these, one has been discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one has been discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea, etc.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is an unexpected medical occurrence that follows immunization that may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process.

Protocols are in place for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization, and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs.