The government informed Parliament on Friday that the duration between the second and precaution dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for all beneficiaries 18 years of age and older has been changed from nine months to six months based on the recommendations made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).
Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar stated in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha that as of August 1, a total of 9.07 crore (13%) precaution doses of the Covid vaccinations were administered against the due beneficiaries. According to the minister, the Center monitors the rate of Covid immunisation and has repeatedly advised the states and union territories to provide the eligible beneficiaries with precautionary doses.
Through door-to-door mobilisation and vaccination activities, the “Har Ghar Dastak 2.0” campaign is being carried out nationwide with the goal of immunising all eligible beneficiaries with the second dosage and the precautionary dose.
According to the “Covid Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava” initiative, the precaution dose would be given for free to all recipients 18 years of age and older at the government-run Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) six months after the second dose is administered, according to Pawar.