One dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 96.6 percent effective in the prevention of fatality against the disease while with the two doses the effectiveness is 97.5 percent, a recent study by ICMR claims.
Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr. Balram Bhargava said, this protective effect of the vaccine was revealed in an analysis done through synergizing the data from Co-WIN, COVID-19 India portal, and COVID-19 testing portal. He said this vaccine’s protective effects against death were observed in all age groups from above 60 years and 45 to 59 years olds to 18 years and above. Dr. Bhargava said the data was analyzed between 18th April to 15th August this year.
Dr. Bhargav added that data has revealed that death among non-vaccinated people is high while the mortality rate after two doses is nearly zero. The ICMR DG said the government is developing a COVID-19 vaccine tracker with synergized data giving a week-by-week of doses. He said it will be up on the Health Ministry’s website in a few day’s time. Dr. Bhargava said, low-key celebrations of festivals should be encouraged to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and responsible travel rather than revenge travel should be practiced.
Member Health in NITI Aayog, Dr. V. K. Paul said, vaccinating children is not a condition for reopening schools. He said, this criterion is not acceptable anywhere in the world, no scientific body, epidemiological evidence suggests it as a condition.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, the pace of vaccination and coverage is rapidly increasing in the country. He said the average per-day dose administered has increased from 20 lakhs in May to 78 lakhs in September this year.
The Secretary said this number is expected to climb even higher. Mr. Bhushan said, 18 percent of India’s adult population has received both doses of COVID vaccine and 58 percent have been administered at least one dose. He added that, in Sikkim, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli, Himachal Pradesh all people above 18 years got at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine