More than 21,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 after taking the first dose of either Covishield or Covaxin, while more than 5,500 caught the infection after taking the second dose, the Center said Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said 0.04 percent of 17,37,178 individuals, who received the second dose of Covaxin, were positive for Covid-19, while 0.03 percent of 1,57,32,754 people, who took the second Covishield dose, contracted the infection.
Bhargava who presented the data said vaccines reduce the risk of infection and prevent death and serious infection.
“After vaccination if one gets an infection then it’s called an innovative infection,” he said.
To date, 1.1 doses of Covaxin have been given. Of these, 93 lakh received the first dose and out of these 4,208 (0.04 per cent) people got the infection, which is four per 10,000 individuals. About 17,37,178 people received the second dose and only 695 (0.04 percent) tested positive for Covid-19, Bhargava said.
From Covishield, 11.6 crore doses were given. Ten crore received the first dose and 17,145 ie 2 per 10,000 people who got the infection. About 1,57,32,754 individuals took the second dose of covishield and of that 5,014 (0.03 percent) were infected. Two to four per 10,000 breakthrough infections have occurred, a very small number. Mostly healthcare workers tended to have more occupational hazards, he said.
According to the data, 5,709 people caught the infection after the second dose of either of the two vaccines.
“This is a very small number and not scandalous at all. Secondly, the highly transferable second wave also contributes a miniscule to the percentage so this could have even been zero percent,” he said.
NITI Aayog (Health) Member VK Paul noted that there was a risk even after taking the vaccine so “we urge people to follow Covid’s proper behavior even after taking the vaccination”.
Amid oxygen shortages in the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that 7,500 tonnes of oxygen is produced in the country every day and that 6,600 tonnes are supplied to the provinces for medical use.
“At present, we have issued instructions that the supply of industries, leaving a few industries, will be limited so that more and more oxygen is available for medical use. We have allocated 6600 MT out of 7500 MT to states, ”he said. .