The health ministry on Tuesday called it “incomplete” and in the “limited understanding” of media reports saying 488 deaths between Jan. 16 and June 7 after vaccination were linked to complications after Covid, and given reason that the vaccination coverage at this time was 23.5. crore. The death toll reported following COVID-19 vaccination in the country was only 0.0002 per cent of the 23.5 crore dose given, and it was within the expected death toll of a population, it said.
In a population, mortality occurs at a certain rate. The crude death rate in 2017, according to SRS data, was 6.3 per 1,000 people per year, according to the ministry. It is also important and crucial to remember that the mortality rate for those who test positive for COVID-19 is more than one percent and vaccination prevents this mortality, as it were.
“Therefore, the risk of death following vaccination is not reduced compared to the known risk of death due to COVID-19,” the minister said. The ministry also pointed to some media reports suggesting an increase in cases of severe adverse events following vaccination (AEFI) which has also resulted in a “reduction in patients” after vaccination.
According to media reports, 488 deaths after vaccination were linked to complications after Covid between January 16 and June 7, when the total vaccination coverage was 23.5 crore. “It is clarified that these reports are based on an incomplete and limited understanding of the matter at the time. It can be noted that the word” subject “suggests the cause of death caused by vaccination,” according to the ministry.
AEFI is defined as any adverse medical event that follows vaccination and which does not necessarily have a significant relationship to vaccine use. It can be any unpleasant or unwanted sign, abnormal laboratory finding, symptom or disease. Health workers, doctors and vaccine recipients are regularly encouraged by the Indian government as well as state governments to report all deaths, hospitalizations and incidents resulting in disability as well as any minor and adverse events after vaccination. at any time in the hour after vaccination, the ministry said. Deaths, hospitalizations or events that cause disability or anxiety following any vaccination are classified as serious or severe cases and will be investigated at the district level, as follows. Causality tests can help determine if the cause is due to the vaccine and these are done at the state and national level. Consequently, any death or hospitalization after inoculation cannot automatically be considered as due to vaccination unless investigated by AEFI committees at the district, state and national levels and dedicated to vaccination, according to the ministry. There is a robust AEFI monitoring system at every level from district to state. Once the investigation is complete, the reports will be released on the Union health union’s website, following the transparent sharing of information related to the Covid vaccination, it said.