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Covishield Dose Gap Reduced To 8-16 Weeks From 12-16


The Covishield vaccine has not yet been implemented in the national Covid vaccination program.

New Delhi:

India’s top immunization body NTGI has recommended giving a second dose of COVID-19 Covishield vaccine between eight and 16 weeks after the first dose, an official source close to PTI said on Sunday. Currently, a second dose of Covishield is given between 12-16 weeks after the first dose. under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy.

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has not yet recommended any changes in the schedule of Covaxin Bharat Biotech, whose second dose is given 28 days after the first dose. Recommendations for Covishield have not yet been implemented in the national COVID-19 vaccination program.

“NTAG’s latest recommendations are based on the latest global scientific evidence derived from program data,” an official source said.

“According to him, when the second dose of Covishield is given eight weeks and beyond, the antibody response produced is almost similar when given at intervals of 12 to 16 weeks,” the source explained.

The decision will lead to speeding up the administration of the second dose of Covishield to the remaining six to seven crore individuals amid an increase in cases in several countries, the source said.

The government on 13 May 2021 has extended the gap between the first and second doses of Covishield vaccine from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks based on recommendations by NTAG.

NTGI provides guidance and advice to the Union Ministry of Health on immunization services for the effective control of vaccine -preventable diseases in the country.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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