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Govt’s big move, starting from July 15, booster dose will be free for the age group of 18-59 for the next 75 days

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Government’s big move towards whole country full vaccination. Modi-led govt has started a special campaign of 75 days, which will start from July 15 in which those who are in the age group of 18 to 59 years in the country will be able to get a precautionary or third dose of Covid-19 vaccine at government vaccination centers. The Modi cabinet has taken a big decision regarding this today.

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According to official sources, a campaign will be run under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ on the occasion of 75 years of India’s independence with the aim of increasing awareness about the precautionary doses of covid-19. One said that so far less than one percent of the 77 crore eligible population of 18 to 59 years have been given a preventive dose. However, about 160 million people above 60 years of age and about 26 per cent of health workers and frontline workers have taken booster doses.

Boosting immunity boosts immunity
The official said the majority of India’s population had had their second dose nine months ago. Studies conducted at ICMR and other international research institutes have shown that antibody levels begin to drop in about six months after taking two initial doses of the vaccine and immunity builds up with booster doses.

He said that therefore the government is planning to run a special campaign for 75 days in which people in the age group of 18 years to 59 years will be given free preventive doses at government immunization centers from July 15. The Union Health Ministry last week reduced the interval between the second and precautionary dose of Covid-19 vaccine for all from nine months to six months. This was done on the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.

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