‘Over 5K tested positive after taking second dose of vaccine’

NEW DELHI, April 21: More than 21,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 after taking the first dose of either Covishield or Covaxin, while over 5,500 contracted the infection after taking the second dose, the Centre said on Wednesday.
ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said 0.04 per cent of 17,37,178 individuals, who received the second dose of Covaxin, were positive for COVID-19, while 0.03 per cent of 1,57,32,754 people, who took the second dose of Covishield, contracted the infection.
Bhargava said vaccines reduce the risk of infection and prevent death and severe infection.
So far, 1.1 crore doses of Covaxin have been administered. Out of which 93 lakh received the first dose and out of that 4,208 people got the infection. About 17,37,178 people received the second dose of which only 695 tested positive for COVID-19, Bhargava said.
Of Covishield, 11.6 crore doses have been given. Ten crore received the first dose and 17,145 people contracted the infection.
About 1,57,32,754 individuals took the second dose of Covishield and of that 5,014 got infected. (PTI)

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