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Only 2-4 infections were found for every 10k in those vaccinated with two doses: ICMR | India News


NEW DELHI: In a strong validation of the usefulness of vaccines in fighting Covid 19, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said Wednesday that only 2-4 per 10,000 “breakthrough” infections were noted in people who were vaccinated against the disease.
ICMR Director Balram Bhargava underscored the importance of vaccination, saying that data on infections in those who were fully vaccinated indicated that a very small percentage of people contracted the disease.

Only 2-4 infections were found for every 10k in those vaccinated with two doses: ICMR | India News

So far, 0.04% of people have tested positive after the second dose of Covaxin and 0.03% after the second dose of Covishield. Experts and doctors continue to insist that precautions such as disinfection and the use of masks should not be abandoned even after vaccination.
Studies have shown lower virulence and mortality among vaccinated people. Some protection is evident even after the first dose, although it is important to complete the vaccination.

“This also occurs mainly among health and frontline workers who were vaccinated with priority but have occupational exposure and due to the intense second wave that was likely to have contributed,” Bhargava said. The data is encouraging and should go a long way toward dispelling vaccine concerns that continue to pose obstacles to the vaccination campaign. The data reflects strong performance for both vaccines used in India.
So far, more than 1.1 crore of Covaxin and 11.6 crore of Covishield have been administered. Among those who received Covaxin, 695 tested positive after the second dose and in the case of Covishield, 5,014 tested positive.

“These vaccines reduce serious infections and death. They also reduce the chances of infection, but it is still possible to get the disease. The highly transmissible second wave may have contributed to these numbers, ”said Bhargava.

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