New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) decreased the hole for COVID-19 precautionary doses to 6 months, from the present 9 months, for the inhabitants above 18 years.
The ministry attributed the change to the evolving scientific proof and international practices, Standing Technical Sub Committee (STSC) of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has beneficial revising the period between second dose and precaution dose from the present 9 months or 39 weeks to 6 months or 26 weeks. This has additionally been endorsed by NTAGI.
Therefore, it has now been determined that the precaution dose for all beneficiaries from 18-59 years will probably be administered after completion of six months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose at non-public covid vaccination facilities (CVCs). For beneficiaries aged above 60 years and above in addition to the healthcare employees (HCWs) & frontline employees (FLWs), a precaution dose could be administered after completion of six months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose on the authorities CVCs, freed from cost. Corresponding modifications have been made within the COWIN system to facilitate the brand new dispensation.
“Instructions in this regard may be issued to all the officials concerned and it may also be publicized widely. Look forward to your support and leadership for extending the benefits of precaution dose to all due beneficiaries at covid vaccination centers (CVCs) as well as at household level during the ongoing Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 Campaign,” mentioned Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, MoHFW, Government of India.