Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday that there should be no misconception about the 2 Indian vaccines being administered in the country.
During question hour at Lok Sabha, Vardhan said that India had vaccinated between 3.5 and 4 million people so far and that the side effects of the vaccine were recorded at 0.000432%.
“Each vaccine does not require universal vaccination and all these priority groups that today we vaccinate as health personnel first, then the elderly and people between 45 and 59 years old, will be extended in the coming days – all this is based on the expert advice.
“Not only the Indian experts, but we also consulted the WHO guidelines for priority groups,” he said.
Covishield from Serum Institute and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech is currently approved for restricted emergency use in India.
In response to a question of the PCN Delegation Supriya Sule for the question of knowing if the government sees a universal immunization of COVID-19 vaccination, Vardhan said that it is scientifically necessary to administer the vaccine to the person in the country.
“Not everyone in the world will be vaccinated. The prioritization process is a dynamic process.
“The behavior of the virus is also dynamic. Everything is based on scientific facts, careful examination, and a vision of the entire scientific and health community,” he said.