COVID-19 vaccination, including precaution shots, to be delayed by 3 months post recovery: Centre

The prioritisation and sequencing of this precaution dose are based on the completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of the 2nd dose

Press Trust of India January 22, 2022 11:04:55 IST
COVID-19 vaccination, including precaution shots, to be delayed by 3 months post recovery: Centre

The doses, which are being called “precautionary” shot instead of a booster, are being given as new confirmed coronavirus infections rocketed to over 1,79,000 on Monday, nearly an eightfold increase in a week. AFP

New Delhi: The Centre Friday said that Covid vaccination, including precaution doses, for individuals having lab test proven coronavirus infection will be deferred by three months after recovery.

In a letter to all states and union territories, Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Vikas Sheel said that requests have been received from various quarters for guidance in regard to the administration of precaution dose to the eligible persons having Covid illness.

"Please note that: -In case of individuals having lab test proven SARS-2 COVID-19 illness, all Covid vaccination including Precaution dose to be deferred by 3 months after recovery," he said.

"I request you to kindly direct the concerned officials to take note," Sheel said in the letter.

The suggestion is based on scientific evidence and the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, he said.

COVID-19 vaccination of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years started from January 3, and the administration of precaution dose for Health Care Workers (HCWS), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and persons aged 60 years and above with co-morbidities has started from January 10.

The prioritisation and sequencing of this precaution dose are based on the completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of the 2nd dose.

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