Health ministry reduces gap between second and booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine to 6 months

On Wednesday, the Federal Ministry of Health reduced the period between the second and third precautionary dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from nine months to six months.

On Wednesday, Federal Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan wrote to states that a decision was made to administer the third precautionary dose to the adult population after completing six months or 26 weeks from the date the second dose was given. Currently, the precautionary dose is available free of charge at government vaccination centers for priority groups – front-line workers, health care workers, and seniors over the age of 60. For those aged 18 to 59, the backup dose is only available at private vaccination centers.

Bhushan told the states that the revised guidelines for precaution are based on the recommendation made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), the main advisory body in India which provides guidance to the government on vaccination by conducting technical reviews of scientific evidence on matters related to vaccination. Immunization policy and programmes.

In light of evolving scientific evidence and global practice, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) Permanent Technical Subcommittee (STSC) has recommended that the period between the second dose and the reserve dose be revised from the current nine months or 39 weeks to 6 months or 26 weeks NTAGI has endorsed this as well,” Buchan told the states.

According to official data, India administered 4.75 crores as precautionary doses. In the priority groups, 57.75 crores of health care workers, 1.05 crores of front-line workers and 2.50 crores of elderly people over 60 years of age received their precautionary doses.

On January 10, India released a precaution for the third dose of healthcare workers, frontline workers and citizens over 60 with comorbidities. At the time, the Department of Health issued guidance that the precautionary dose would be based on completion of 9 months – 39 weeks from the date the second dose was given.

On April 10, he announced the release of the third precautionary dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for the population over the age of 18. The data show that 33.99 thousand beneficiaries in the age group 18-44 and 27.76 thousand beneficiaries in the age group 45-59 received their precautionary age group in private vaccination centers.

On May 12, the Federal Ministry of Health eased vaccination standards for the third precautionary dose, allowing citizens and students traveling abroad to take the third booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in accordance with the destination country’s travel advisory.

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