May be missing rare AEFI due to poor reporting by states: Panel | India News

PUNE: The national Adverse Effects Following Immunisation (AEFI) committee has urged states to ensure all side effects after Covid jabs are reported to the CoWin portal.
The committee said there has been a drastic drop in reporting levels by states. States should tell vaccinators to report all events of concern occurring within 28 days of Covid-19 vaccination, committee head NK Arora said, adding that the reports should be uploaded on CoWin platform.
Due to low reporting, India may be missing rare adverse events that could be of relevance to the community, Indian regulators and other countries, as some vaccines here are also deployed globally, he said.
Malini Aisola, co-convenor of the All India Drug Action Network, said the current reporting system is extremely weak and unresponsive. “Many people have faced difficulties while reporting AEFI, let alone securing medical support from the vaccination programme, even though there is a provision for medical management in the protocols,” she said. She said the quality of evidence while probing AEFI at the local level is very poor with many events being brushed aside as unrelated to vaccination, even before the evidence has been collected. The slow pace of reporting, too, does not serve the purpose as only 91 AEFI investigations were completed till May 27. Recently, the AEFI committee approved a report of 60 serious adverse events, ruling that 55 of them — most of which needed hospitalisation — were associated with vaccination as per the causality assessment. The remaining five cases, including the death of a 57-yearold man in February after a Covishield jab, were ruled as “coincidental” and not directly linked to vaccination.

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