The vaccine shot was administered on 30-year-old Dr Mridul Das in Gandhigram Primary Health Centre (PHC) in West Tripura district Credit: File Image

Agartala: A day after receiving Covidshield vaccine, three health workers had to be hospitalized in Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) on Wednesday after they complained of respiratory problems, a senior official said.

Speaking with EastMojo on the condition of anonymity, a senior official said that all three of them were admitted to AGMC hospital and their condition is said to be stable.

The first case was reported from the Gomati district hospital, where a multipurpose health worker, 45-year-old Himadri Debroy, complained of fever and respiratory problem hours after taking the vaccine shot on Tuesday afternoon.

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“The doctors immediately started his treatment and he was diagnosed with a tuberculosis problem. The beneficiary is a chronic smoker and an alcoholic,” the official said.

The second case was reported from the Jirania Community Health centre, where 36-year-old Piklu Banik received his vaccine shot on Tuesday and had to be rushed to the Ranirbazar Primary Health Centre (PHC).

“He was shifted to the surgery department. Surgeons from AGMC suspect a non-specific abdominal pain along with the presence of anxiety. This patient is also a chronic alcoholic,” the official said.

The third reported case was that of Sanchita Das Chowdhury, a 40-year-old ASHA health-worker, who received her vaccine at the Madhya Pratapgarh Upper Primary Health Centre (UPHC) on Tuesday.

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Chowdhury was rushed to the AGMC hospital after complaining of weakness, choryza (inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose, caused especially by a cold or by hay fever), inability to intake food and fasting the previous night. She also reportedly has an electrolyte imbalance.

The nodal officer, however, said all three admitted cases are stable. “Treating physicians and surgeons have already made diagnosis. Formal causal assessment will be done maintaining AEFI guidelines,” he said.

Officials told EastMojo that a report has been forwarded to the Centre with patient details. “We believe that all the three incidents are coincidental and not due to post vaccination-related issues or complications,” the official said.

Meanwhile, a total of 4,269 beneficiaries were vaccinated out of the set target of 7,829 until January 19.

Earlier on Tuesday, Tripura mission director Dr Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal said about 54.34 per cent health workers have been vaccinated across 99 health facilities. This includes the 1,998 shots given to health workers out of 3,688 set target on Tuesday.

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