Coronavirus Vaccines: On Infection After Covid Shot, First Official Data: Very Small Numbers
For the first time, the government has come out with data on infections after vaccination. The Union Health Ministry said today that it had data on Covid infections after vaccination but these were in "very small numbers".
"Two to four 10,000 breakthrough infections of COVID-19 have happened after people received the vaccine. This is a very, very low number, nothing to panic about," said Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Only 0.04 per cent of those who received the first dose of Bharat Biotech's made-in-India Covaxin contracted Covid.
Of the 93,56,436 who have received the first dose of Covaxin, 4,208 have tested Covid positive.
A similar percentage was infected after their second dose of Covaxin. Out of 17,37,178 who received both doses, only 695 tested positive.
For Serum Institute of India's Covishield, the vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, the numbers are even lower.