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The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reduced the gap for precautionary doses of Covid-19 to 6 months, against the existing 9 months, for the population over 18 years old.

The ministry attributed the change to changing scientific evidence and global practice.

“In view of the evolution of scientific evidence and global practice, the “Standing Technical Sub-Committee” (STSC) of the “National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization” (NTAGI) has recommended revising the duration between the 2nd dose and the precautionary dose from 9 months or 39 weeks to 6 months or 26 weeks. This has also been approved by NTAGI,” the press release reads.

The Health Secretary said that for beneficiaries aged over 60 and over as well as healthcare workers (HCW) and frontline workers (FLW), a precautionary dose would be given after 6 months or 26 weeks from the date of administration. of the 2nd dose in government CVCs, free of charge.

“Corresponding changes have been made to the CoWIN system to facilitate the new waiver. Instructions in this regard can be issued to all relevant officials and they can also be widely disseminated. I look forward to your support and leadership in extending the benefits of dose precaution to all beneficiaries due at Covid Vaccination Centers (CVCs) as well as at household level during the ongoing Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign,” Bhushan wrote in the letter.

Earlier, it was advised that the precautionary dose would be administered after 9 months or 39 weeks from the date of administration of the 2nd dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

(With ANI entries)