Official sources said that the time between the second and third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will likely be 9 to 12 months


Posted on 26 December 2021


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Official sources indicated on Sunday that the time between the second and third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, dubbed the "precaution dose," will likely be nine to twelve months. The specifics of the gaps in the Covishield and Covaxin vaccinations currently used in India's inoculation programme are being worked out, and a definitive decision will be made soon, they said. In a televised speech to the country on Saturday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that vaccination against COVID-19 for children aged 15 to 18 years will begin on January 3, with a "precaution dose" for healthcare and frontline workers beginning on January 10. The decisions were made in the wake of an increase in Covid cases connected to the virus's Omicron strain. On the advice of their doctor, citizens over 60 years of age and with comorbidities will be eligible to get the precaution dose starting January 10 next year. The precautionary dose is a third dose of the vaccine for those who have been completely vaccinated, but PM Modi avoided using the term "booster dose," as it is commonly known. The vaccination has been given to more than 61 percent of India's adult population. In the same way, roughly 90% of the adult population has received the first dose. According to provisional reports as of 7 a.m., the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses provided in the country has surpassed 141.37 crore.


Key Points


  • Official sources indicated on Sunday that the time between the second and third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, dubbed the "precaution dose," will likely be nine to twelve months.

  • According to provisional reports as of 7 a.m., the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses provided in the country has surpassed 141.37 crore.