No side effects from vaccination in Karnataka: Health minister

Bengaluru, Jan 17 (IANS): Asserting that the two Covid vaccines were safe, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Sunday said there were no side effects among those who took the first shot since Saturday.

"No side effects have been reported so far from healthcare warriors who took the Covishield and Covaxin injections on Saturday and Sunday. They are safe," he said in a statement.

Covishield, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India is being used in 24 of the state's 30 districts and Covaxin of the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in the remaining six.

"Of the 27,753 registered beneficiaries on the first 2 days of the vaccination drive across the state, 17,308 took the shot till Sunday, accounting for 62 per cent of the target" said Sudhakar, who is a medical doctor by profession.

According to the state Health Department, of the 6,327 registered healthcare workers on Sunday, 3,699 took the vaccine, accounting for 58 per cent of the target.

On Saturday, of the 21,426 registered warriors, 6,327 were injected, accounting for 63 per cent of the target.

Urging the people to have faith in the two vaccines, Sudhakar said Manipal Hospital chairman Sudharshan Ballal, who took the jab on Saturday was doing well with no side effect.

The Drug Controller General of India had on January 3 approved Covishield and Covaxin for emergency use by state-run and private hospitals across the country under the protocols of the Union Health Ministry.

"All the vaccinated warriors should follow the safety guidelines. They will develop resistance to the virus 10 days after the second dose, which will be administered 28 days after the first dose," said Sudhakar.

Those who miss vaccination on a given date for any reason, can get the shot on any other day, he said.

In the state capital, vaccination was conducted in 6 private hospitals - St John's, East Point Medical College, St Philomena, Baptist and Cox Town Maternity Home.

"Vaccination will resume in the state-run hospitals as well on Monday and continued till all the registered healthcare warriors are injected," he added.

The state government has identified 7.43 lakh frontline warriors, including healthcare workers, civic staff, police and revenue personnel for vaccination, as the state received 8 lakh doses of both vaccines till date.

Admitting that glitches in the dedicated Co-Win portal were causing delays, the minister said the health staff could adopt a backup method to register recipients and upload their data later.



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  • Rishi, Thane/Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Our Andh Bhakts blindly believe the present government, let these Andh Bhakts take the vaccine first if they have so much confidence.

    Government has clearly said politicians will not be considered priority groups in the first phase of the rollout. That itself shows Government doesn't have confidence

    Also please note, vaccine in India is still in phase 3 human trials and a full datasets on its efficacy has not been released or peer-reviewed,

    Also please consult your doctor before taking vaccine. A vaccine which might be effective for you might not work for me and might be deadly for someone else

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  • AJ, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Please note the technical words "so far". Because tomorrow if any side effects show up then he have the excuse of "so far". Most of the time Side effect used to show up after a long time. May be it will take years.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Then why don't you and other BJP leaders take this vaccine?

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  • Ajay, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    This Vaccination drive should've been inaugurated by Modi taking the vaccine first on live television. This guy and other ministers are busy inaugurating infrastructure and taking credit for someone else's hardwork.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    as per IANS news agency 447 people are effected with side effects of the vaccine all over the country.

    It is shocking that 22 year old hospital guard of Delhi is serious..

    in Karnataka, the govt will not reveal even if there are cases of side effect.

    Only D grade workers are being used as Bali Ka Bakra

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    fools rush in where angels fear to tread. what does this make our ministers and politicians?

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Did you take the vaccine?. Then how do you know there is no side effects.?

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  • Peter, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 18 2021

    Let the public say dear, without any hindrance. listen to the publics then speak.

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 17 2021

    Side effects will be known only after a considerable period of time..not in one or two days.

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