Govt accepts recommendation to increase gap between Covishield shots to 12-16 weeks

Govt accepts recommendation to increase gap between Covishield shots to 12-16 weeks

This is the third increase in the gap between doses for Covishield.

Accepting the recommendation made by National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), the Union health ministry, on Thursday, said the gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine can be increased to 12-16 weeks.

This is the third increase in the gap between doses for Covishield. In March, the gap was revised from four to six weeks to four to eight weeks.

However, no changes have been suggested for the gap for two shots of Covaxin, which is four-six weeks.

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According to sources, "Based on the available real life evidence particularly from the UK, the COVID-19 working group agreed for increasing the dosing interval to 12-16 weeks between two doses of Covishield vaccine. No change in interval of Covaxin vaccine doses was recommended."

Meanwhile, NITI Aayog member Dr. V.K. Paul said nearly 18 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in India, and added that India stands in third position in terms of the doses of vaccine administered.

"We are happy to report that one third of 45 and above are protected. This age group contributes to 88 per cent of deaths. So you can imagine how much dent it would have made to reduce the risk of death of this population," news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

Further, he said Sputnik vaccine has arrived in India and it is likely to to be available in the market next week. "We are hopeful that the sale of the limited supply that has come from there (Russia), will begin next week," he added.

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