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Now Booster dose can be taken in 6 months instead of 9; Centre reduces gap for those above 18 years

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Centre’s big move towards Covid-19 safety, Government has changed the rules for applying booster doses. Booster doses will now be able to be administered only after 6 months instead of 9. If you have taken the second dose, then now you have to wait six months instead of 9 months for the booster dose. It was said from the government that all the people of 18 to 59 years will now be given a booster dose after 6 months instead of 9 months. The National Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI) had recommended to the government in this regard.

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Apart from this, NTAGI has also given recommendations for vaccination for children below the age of 12 years. NTAGI sources said that there are fewer vaccines in the 12-17 age group, they are in favor of improving it. People in this age group are at higher risk than those in the age group of 12 years. There is no discussion from NTAGI on the use of CORBEVAX as a booster yet.

“In view of the evolving scientific evidence and global practices, ‘Standing Technical Sub Committee’ (STSC) of -National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) has recommended to revise the duration between second dose and precaution dose from existing 9 months or 39 weeks to 6 months or 26 weeks. This has also been endorsed by NTAGI,” it said.

“Therefore it has now been decided that the precaution dose for all beneficiaries from 18- 59 years will be administered after completion of 6 months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose at private COVID vaccination centers (CVCs),” it added.

The government also said that those above 60 years of age and healthcare workers and frontline workers will be administered booster doses after the completion of six months from the date of administration of the second dose at government vaccination centers.

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“For beneficiaries aged above 60 years and above as well as the Health Care Workers (HCWs) & Front Line Workers (FLWs) precaution dose would be administered after completion of 6 months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of 2nd dose at government CVCs free of charge,” it said.

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