Gap between 2nd dose and precautionary dose of Covid vaccines reduced on NTAGI’s advice. Govt

Based on the recommendations made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), the interval between the second and the precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccines was revised from nine months to six months for all beneficiaries aged 18 years and above from July 6 , the government informed Parliament on Friday.

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In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said as on August 1, a total of 9.07 crore (13 percent) precautionary doses of the Covid vaccines were administered against the due beneficiaries.

The Center reviews the pace of Covid vaccination and has issued multiple advisories to the states and Union territories to cover the eligible beneficiaries with the precautionary doses, the minister said.

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The “Har Ghar Dastak 2.0” campaign is being conducted across the country with an objective of vaccinating all due beneficiaries with the second dose and the precautionary dose through door-to-door mobilization and vaccination activity, she added.

Under the “Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava” initiative, from July 15, the precautionary dose is available for free to all beneficiaries aged 18 years and above at the government Covid vaccination centers (CVCs) after an interval of six months from the date of administration of the second dose, Pawar said.

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