New Delhi: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) reduced the gap for COVID-19 precautionary doses to six months, from the existing nine months, for the population above 18 years.
The ministry attributed the change to the evolving scientific evidence and global practices, Standing Technical Sub Committee (STSC) of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) has recommended revising the duration between second dose and precaution dose from the existing nine months or 39 weeks to six months or 26 weeks. This has also been endorsed by NTAGI.
Therefore, it has now been decided that the precaution dose for all beneficiaries from 18-59 years will be administered after completion of six months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose at private covid vaccination centres (CVCs). For beneficiaries aged above 60 years and above as well as the healthcare workers (HCWs) & frontline workers (FLWs), a precaution dose would be administered after completion of six months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose at the government CVCs, free of charge. Corresponding changes have been made in the COWIN system to facilitate the new dispensation.
“Instructions in this regard may be issued to all the concerned officials and it may also be publicised widely. Look forward to your support and leadership for extending the benefits of precaution dose to all due beneficiaries at covid vaccination centres (CVCs) as well as at household level during the ongoing Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 Campaign,” said Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, MoHFW, Government of India.