Over 33 Lakh People Vaccinated In J&K: Govt

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Srinagar: Maintaining that not a single death has been caused by anti-coronavirus vaccines, the Jammu and Kashmir government said on Saturday that 33, 23,862 people have been vaccinated across the Union Territory.

“So far we have administered 3323862 doses of Covid vaccine in the Union Territory of J&K as of 1.06.2021 and have not found any severe adverse event of its ingredients in 99.99% beneficiaries. Out of these 3323862 doses given we had only 105(0.0032%) mild adverse events following immunization and 9 (0.0002%) serious adverse events following immunization,” the State Surveillance Officer, Kashmir Dr Talat Jabeen said on Saturday.

Jabeen, a prominent epidemiologist divulged these details while refuting the media post by doctors association of Kashmir (DAK) president that the persons who are allergic to any ingredient of covid-19 vaccine must not receive the jab.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is completely safe and not a single death was found causally associated with Covid vaccination. We must hesitate in forwarding such types of messages on social media /print media & as well as electronic media,” she said.

She further said that the vaccination is safe and efficacious, and under present circumstances is the main weapon to combat the dreadful virus. She also requested people to adhere to the Covid appropriate behaviour to remain safe in this dreadful pandemic.

Quoting figures from the fact sheet of the Covishield vaccine issued by the Serum Institute of India, Dr Jabeen said that the vaccine ingredients are L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, Magnesium chloride hexahydrate, Polysorbate 80, Ethanol, sucrose, sodium chloride, Disodium edetate dehydrate(EDTA), besides water for injection.

“Further from the fact sheet of vaccine from Bharat Biotech vaccine (COVAXIN) its ingredients are; aluminum hydroxide gel, imidazoquinoline, 2-Phenoxyetonal and phosphate buffer saline. These ingredients are often used in many other vaccines which are given in routine immunization of children and adults,” she said.

As per an official spokesperson, the doctor’s fraternity in Kashmir division also debunked this news and stated that currently the vaccination is the most potent tool to fight against this virus.

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