At least 14 people in Maharashtra have reported adverse effects after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, although none were fatal, reports said.
A report in the Indian Express said that officials are monitoring the cases even though Bharat Biotech, the provider of Covaxin, has assured that it will pay compensation in case of any serious adverse effects experienced by recipients.
As many as 14,000 beneficiaries, or about 50 per cent of the planned beneficiaries, received the shots on Saturday, Day 1.
Serum Institute’s CEO, Adar Poonawalla was among the first people to get the vaccine, besides the state’s frontline workers and doctors.
Maharashtra reported 2,910 new COVID-19 cases taking its total tally to 19,87,678. The death toll on Saturday was recorded at 50, taking the total to 50,388.
A civic medical officer of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) became the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nagpur city on Saturday.
Speaking to the media after taking the shot, Dr Hemant Bhivgade said he did not experience any adverse effect and appealed to all healthcare workers to take the jab without any fear.
The state has so far received 60 per cent or 10 lakh doses and the remaining will be available in the next 10 days, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said after attending the vaccination drive in Jalna.
The state has distributed about 20,000 dosages of Covaxin in about 6 centres of the state. The state administration reduced Covaxin’s vaccination centres from 9 to 6 on the Union health ministry’s direction.
For the inoculation drive, 285 centres have been designated across Maharashtra where 100 healthcare workers will be administered with shots in a day. On Day 1, the state aimed to cover 28,500 workers.