COVID vaccine can be taken 3 months after recovery, lactating women can receive jab: Centre

COVID vaccine can be taken 3 months after recovery, lactating women can receive jab: Centre

The Centre also said no Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required prior to vaccination.

The COVID-19 vaccine can be taken three months after a patient recovers from the pandemic, the Centre said on Wednesday.

The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) had shared a fresh set of recommendations regarding the vaccination with the Union healthy ministry, based on the evolving pandemic situation and emerging scientific evidence. These recommendations have been accepted by the Centre.

The Centre noted that if a patient tested positive for COVID-19 after getting the first dose of the vaccine, he/she can take the second dose three months after the recovery.

People with serious general illness requiring hospitalisation or ICU care should also wait for four-eight weeks before getting vaccinated.

According to the recommendations of NEGVAC, lactating women too can take the vaccine. The body said vaccination of pregnant women, the matter is under discussion and further deliberation by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).

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The Centre also said no Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is required prior to vaccination.

According to the ministry, it is advisable to receive the both the doses irrespective of past history of COVID-19 infection as this will help in developing a strong immune response against the disease.

The ministry, which has accepted the recommendations of the NEGVAC, has written to states and Union territories to direct the officials concerned to take note of these recommendations and undertake necessary action for their effective implementation.

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