Dr VK Paul said studies have shown that chances of hospitalisation is reduced by 75-80% among vaccinated individuals.
India has so far administered more than 27 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines. (Photo: PTI)
The need for hospitalisation among Covid-19 patients can be drastically reduced if people are vaccinated against the viral infection, said Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul on Friday.
Speaking at a press briefing of the Union health ministry, he said studied have shown that chances of hospitalisation are 75-80 per cent less in people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“The possibility of such individuals needing oxygen support is around 8 per cent and the risk of ICU admission is only 6 per cent in vaccinated persons,” Dr Paul said.
Addressing concerns regarding children being more vulnerable in case a third wave of infections hits the country, he said a survey jointly conducted by WHO and AIIMS New Delhi shows seropositivity in people below and above 18 years of age is “almost equal”.
“In persons above 18, the seropositivity rate is 67 per cent and 59 per cent in persons below 18. In urban areas, it is 78 per cent in persons below 18 and 79 per cent in those above 18,” he said, adding that a similar trend was also seen in rural areas.
“The information shows that children were infected but it was very mild. Only isolated cases of infection may occur in children (during the third wave of Covid-19),” Dr VK Paul said.
Joint Secretary (health) Luv Agarwal said while it may not be true that children will be disproportionately affected in the third wave, the government is “not leaving any stone unturned in terms of preparations”.
Meanwhile, the Union health ministry has written to all states/UTs to undertake a detailed review and ensure that “prompt and necessary steps are taken for healthcare workers’ safety and wellbeing besides implementation of the amended Epidemic Disease Act”.
The government also revealed that so far more than 27 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in India, of which 5.18 crore doses were given to those in the 18-45 years category.
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