Covid booster dose for all adults from Sunday at private vaccine centres

Booster dose for all adults: All those who are more than 18 years of age and have taken the second dose of the vaccine at least before 9 months are eligible for the precaution dose, the health ministry said. 
Covid booster dose for all: Those who have completed 9 months after the administration of the second dose of the vaccine will be eligible for the booster dose. 
Covid booster dose for all: Those who have completed 9 months after the administration of the second dose of the vaccine will be eligible for the booster dose. 
Published on Apr 08, 2022 03:04 PM IST
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The Union health ministry on Friday announced that Covid precaution dose, also known as the booster dose, will be available to the 18+ population starting from April 10, at private vaccination centres. “It has been decided that precaution dose of COVID vaccines will be made available to 18+ population group at private vaccination centres. The administration of Precaution Dose to 18+ population through Private Vaccination Centres would start from 10th April (Sunday), 2022. All those who are more than 18 years of age & have completed 9 months after the administration of second dose, would be eligible for Precaution Dose. This facility would be available in all Private Vaccination Centres,” the statement issued by the Centre said. 

The decision to open the third dose for all comes at a time when China is seeing a fresh surge in infections, though India's pandemic situation is under control. 

The ongoing free vaccination programme through government vaccination centres for the first, second and the precaution dose to healthcare workers, frontline workers and the population above the age of 60 will continue and the pace would be accelerated, the health ministry said.

The Covid vaccination programme which began in January 2021 got extended in several phases including adolescents as well. Now all adults are eligible for the third dose of the vaccine, in a remarkable milestone for India's vaccination programme.

What is Covid vaccine precaution dose?

Precaution dose is the third dose of the same vaccine that one has been administered against the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The necessity of a third dose was felt worldwide with the emergence of newer variants of the virus, while the immunity produced by two doses of the vaccine wanes gradually.

Precaution dose in India

India started administering precaution doses to frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidity on January 10, this year. A gap of 9 months between the second dose and the third dose was recommended. As the government has not yet taken any decision to mix and match vaccines, it was stated that the same vaccine will be administered as the third dose.

In March, the government extended the coverage of the precaution dose and made all above the age of 60 eligible for the third dose.

India's Covid vaccine figures

According to health ministry data, about 96% of all 15+ population in the country have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose while about 83% of 15+ population has received both the doses. More than 2.4 crore third doses have also been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60+ population group. 45% of 12 to 14 years age group have also received the first dose. 

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