Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan, along with his wife Nutan Goel were administered the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (Covaxin) today at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute, New Delhi. They had taken the first dose of the vaccine 28 days before on March 2 2021.
“We are yet to feel the slightest discomfort since our first,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said, appealing to every eligible person to get vaccinated, especially in light of the recent decision to extend vaccination to everyone aged above 45 years of age.
The Union Minister also took the occasion to detail the provisions for AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization) monitoring incorporated in the protocol and the abysmally low proportion of beneficiaries reporting AEFI. He re-iterated, “all vaccines are absolutely safe, immunogenic and effective.”
Addressed the concerns of reporters on individuals reporting Corona infection post their vaccination, he said, “These cases are extremely rare. Antibodies take two weeks to be fully developed after the second dose of the vaccine which provides a window for infection. This takes us to our earlier appeal of strict adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) regardless of the vaccination exercise.”
He added that Covid infection in those who are vaccinated would be very mild and would not progress to an advanced stage. Squashing various vaccine-related rumours being circulated on social media which he termed a nuisance to society, he strongly made the case to trust Science over Whatsapp forwards.