Covid-19 vaccination, including precaution doses, for individuals having lab test proven coronavirus infection will be delayed by three months after recovery said the Centre on Friday.
In a letter to all states and union territories, Union Health Ministry Additional Secretary Vikas Sheel said that requests from several accommodations for guidance in regard to the administration of precaution dose to the eligible persons having Covid illness have been received.
“Please note that: -In case of individuals having lab test proven SARS-2 COVID-19 illness, all Covid vaccination including Precaution dose to be deferred by 3 months after recovery,” he said.
In the letter, Mr Sheel said, “I request you to kindly direct the concerned officials to take note.”
He further said that the suggestion is based on the scientific evidence and recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.
COVID-19 vaccination of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years started from January 3, and the administration of precaution dose for Health Care Workers (HCWS), Front Line Workers (FLWs) and persons aged 60 years and above with co-morbidities has started from January 10.
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The prioritisation and sequencing of this precaution dose is based on the completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of administration of the 2nd dose.
With the administration of more than 67 lakh Doses (67,49,746) vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 161.16 Cr (1,61,16,60,078) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 1,73,78,364 sessions.
2,42,676 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours and the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) is now at 3,63,01,482.
Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 93.31%. 3,37,704 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.
India’s Active Caseload is presently at 21,13,365. Active cases constitute 5.43% of the country’s total Positive Cases. The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 19,60,954 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 71.34 Cr (71,34,99,892) cumulative tests.
While testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, Weekly Positivity Rate in the country currently stands at 16.65% and the Daily Positivity rate also reported to be 17.22%.