New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has been receiving queries regarding the precaution dose for Sputnik V. It has also been observed that uptake of precaution dose of Sputnik V is only 5 per cent of those who are due for it.
The Ministry had sent an e-mail to all States/UTs on May 5, 2022, wherein it was mentioned that beneficiaries who have received two doses of Sputnik V vaccine, may be administered a precaution dose using Sputnik V (Component I) in private covid vaccination centres (CVCs) after completion of nine months or 39 weeks.
Further, in view of the recent order dated July 6, 2022, the interval between the second dose and precaution dose has now been reduced to six months or 26 weeks for all vaccines.
The Ministry has now issued guidelines to increase the uptake of precautionary doses of the Sputnik V vaccine by the due beneficiaries.
The following actions may be considered:
- Availability of Sputnik V vaccine (Component I) and functionality of private CVCs may be ensured.
- Private CVCs, which were providing the Sputnik V vaccine, may reach out to the due beneficiaries to receive the due doses (both second & precaution dose).
- Targeted communication may be established for the due beneficiaries of the precaution dose of Sputnik V.
“I look forward to your support so that benefit of precaution dose is extended to all beneficiaries due or overdue for it,” stated Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, MoHFW in the press release issued.