All adults need booster dose, says chief of top ICMR body

All adults need booster dose, says chief of top ICMR body

Booster doses of Covid vaccines should be given to all adults

Booster doses of Covid vaccines should be given to all adults as research shows immunity from the two primary doses of vaccines fades significantly after eight months and a third dose can protect against Omicron as well as other variants of concern (VOCs), according to researchers at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s top virology institute.

All adults need booster dose, says chief of top ICMR body
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However, a final recommendation on expansion of the booster programme to those below 60 years of age will be made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) after considering various other factors, including availability of vaccines.

“Eventually all adults in India may get it (booster dose) but a decision may be taken after evaluation of relevant data by the expert groups and factoring in issues like availability of vaccines,” said ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV) director Priya Abraham.

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