Corona Vaccine Center Govt new guideline increase the interval between the first dose and the second dose of Covishield Vaccine
New Delhi: The two doses of Covishield vaccine given on corona in India will now be 6 to 8 weeks apart. Earlier, the second dose was taken within 4 to 6 weeks after the first dose, but now the interval between these doses has been increased.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19. With this in mind, the central government has decided to increase the interval between the first dose of Covishield vaccine and the second dose from 6 to 8 weeks. The Center has issued new guidelines in this regard.
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Experts report that a second dose of Covishield between 6 and 8 weeks will be more beneficial. In this regard, the Union Health Secretary has written a letter to all the states today. In it, he mentions the distance between the first and second doses of Covishield vaccine from now on. Instructions have also been given to implement it.
The Union Health Secretary has appealed to the States and Union Territories to instruct the concerned authorities to take necessary steps immediately. So that there is no break in the vaccination program and the vaccination program goes smoothly.
Two corona vaccines have been approved for emergency use in India. One is Covaxin from India Biotech and the other is Covishield from Astrogenica and Serum Institute of India. Both these vaccines are being given in the ongoing vaccination in India.
More than 4,50,65,998 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far, according to figures released by the Union Ministry of Health. So far, the first dose of Corona vaccine has been given to 77,86,205 healthcare workers and 80,95,711 frontline employees in India. At the same time, 48,81,954 healthcare and 26,09,742 frontline workers have been given a second dose. In addition, 37,21,455 beneficiaries above 45 years of age and 1,79,70,931 beneficiaries above 60 years of age were also given the first dose.
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