Maharashtra has updated the AEFI reports and according to the latest data released today, of the 49lakh Covid-19 vaccinations in the state of Maharashtra, there have been 66 severe and serious adverse events following immunization (AEFI) since the drive started. Of these cases, 24 have led to fatalities (a probability of 0.0000048%) though none have been directly linked with vaccination.
AEFIs are classified as minor, severe and serious medical events that occur within 28 days of immunization. According to BMC data, 993 adverse events have been reported in the past five months, of which 927 were minor and 31 severe which required hospitalisation for a brief period.
49 lakh doses, over 44.5lakh administered were of Covishield
Reports suggests the deaths reported were found to be coincidental and in people above 50 years with underlying health problems.
There are 35 serious adverse events also listed which include 24 deaths and nine cases of paralysis, weakness or prolonged hospitalisation. It shows less than five deaths per million vaccinations in Mumbai, said an official, adding that it should put all fears about vaccine safety to rest.
Of the 24 deaths, one was of a 33-year-old. Rest were people above 50 years of which a significant number was over 60 years.
Four of the deceased were women and 20 were men, though gender disparity could be explained by the fact that 4.5lakh more men have taken the vaccine compared to women in Mumbai.