Percentage of Indians who test COVID-19 positive post vaccination negligible as per ICMR data
Sharing health ministry data in a press meet, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) chief Balram Bhargava informed that there were only 2 to 4 in 10,000 breakthrough infections, i.e. COVID-19 infections post-inoculation, observed in India so far.
He also clarified that these cases were mostly in frontline workers and healthcare workers where the exposure was higher due to the nature of their work.
As per ICMR data, 0.02 per cent were positive after the first shot of Serum Institute of India’s COVISHIELD while 0.04 per cent were positive after Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN.
Positive cases after the second shot from COVISHIELD were 0.03 per cent and 0.04 per cent after COVAXIN.
Therefore, he stressed that it was important to vaccinate rather than postpone vaccination.
The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed13 crore as of April 21 as per health ministry data.
Cumulatively, 13,01,19,310 vaccine doses have been administered through 19,01,413 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am April 21.
Eight states account for 59.25 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country with the highest (9.95 per cent) being Maharashtra, followed by Rajasthan (8.8 per cent) and Uttar Pradesh (8.55 per cent)
2,95,041 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.
Ten states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan report 76.32 per cent of the new cases.