89 Deaths Reported Following Covid Vaccination Till March 16
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A total of 89 deaths have been reported following COVID-19 vaccination till March 16, but none of the fatalities has been attributed to the inoculation so far, Rajya Sabha was informed on March 23. In written reply to a question, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said that adverse events following immunization (AEFI) are monitored through a well-structured and robust surveillance system.

Causality assessment of all serious and severe AEFI cases is done by a designated committee. Adequate measures have been put in place to manage AEFI case. These include the availability of anaphylaxis kits at each vaccination site. Also, the AEFI management of such cases are provided free-of-cost treatment in public health facilities.

"As on March 16, 2021, a total of 89 deaths of vaccinated persons have been reported. None of the deaths so far have been causally attributed to COVID-19 vaccination as per the current evidence," Choubey said. The application has been developed by the Ministry of Health with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He said the code used for developing Co-WIN are open source and all concerned APIs are available on 'API Setu'.

At time of registration for vaccination, the beneficiaries' name, gender, year of birth and government photo ID number are collected. "This data is entered by the beneficiary themselves at time of registration for vaccination and no agency is authorised to collect this data. The personal data of beneficiaries of COVID-19 vaccine conforms to data security and confidentiality norms," the minister stated.

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