GMCH authorities would keep a track of beneficiaries through the COWIN app, as directed by the Health Ministry Credit: Twitter image

Guwahati: Health officials at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), one of the session sites for the COVID-19 vaccination in the city said, “WhatsApp forwards, and rumours” about the vaccines are creating apprehension among the people against the vaccines.

Facility Nodal Officer, COVID-19 vaccination, GMCH Dr Staphana Sharma said as of now there are no adverse effects have been reported.

“WhatsApp forwards and rumours should not be entertained. No adverse effects have been reported, and the Covaxin has arrived after safe clinical trials. No one should be fearful of it. Some fake news and rumours are doing the rounds. People should not fall for it,” Sharma said.

She said GMCH authorities would keep a track of beneficiaries through the COWIN app as directed by the Health Ministry.

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Of the 100 beneficiaries who were vaccinated on Tuesday, 66 were male, and 34 were female. “It is an intramuscular injection, and only minor pain can be felt which is not a cause of concern,” Sharma said.

In the first phase of the drive, medical professionals and health workers are being enrolled, including some retired professors of the Institute.

Dr Abhijit Sharma, Superintendent, GMCH said that all the beneficiaries enrolled were vaccinated on Tuesday and any apprehension against the vaccine is based on “rumours and loose talk”. “The Covaxin is 100% safe, and the vaccination drive is going according to the plan,” Abhijit said.

Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, has listed out the factors that need to be taken care of before getting the jab. People with weak immune systems, serious medical condition, pregnant mothers, and those allergic to vaccine ingredients should not take it. It has also listed the minor symptoms which may appear after getting vaccinated.

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When asked about the vaccine, a patient said, “The vaccine has been rolled out, but people are still fearful of the adverse effects. Reports of people being hospitalised are also scary. Two people died, and five others were reported to be serious after taking the COVID-19 vaccine in India.”

Another passer-by said, “The vaccine is good news, and people should not fear it. It’s better to take it rather than letting your lungs gasp for air after COVID-19 gets you.”

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