New Delhi: While the country has declared full vaccination to be the only option to fight the Corona pandemic, many people are still wondering if they could get their Covid jab even though they have recovered from the infection. Educating people on the issue, Union Health Ministry has issued new guidelines stating four specific categories of individuals, who should defer Covid-19 vaccinations.
The guidelines came following recommendations from the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC). These four special categories are:
1- Vaccination against corona should be deferred by three months after clinical recovery of the illness.
2- For corona patients, who have been given convalescent plasma or anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies, the vaccination should be delayed by three months from the date of discharge from the hospital.
3- If a person gets infected with Covid-19 after the administration of first dose of the vaccine, the second dose should be deferred by three months after clinical recovery from the illness.
4- Persons with any other serious general illness requiring hospitalisation or ICU care should also wait for 4-8 weeks before getting the Covid jab.
So far, India’s cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 18,69,89,265 as per the 8 pm provisional report on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
Meanwhile, the country has reported 2,76,070 new Covid-19 cases and 3,874 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am on May 20. As many as 3,69,077 people have recovered in the last 24 hours, which is more than the daily cases reported.
Country’s cumulative caseload stands at 2,57,72,400, including 2,23,55,440 recoveries, 31,29,878 active cases and 2,87,122 deaths.