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9-12 months' interval likely between 2nd dose and 'booster' precaution dose as per Reports

9-12 months' interval likely between 2nd dose and 'booster' precaution dose as per Reports

After Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced India's plan to roll out a third dosage of a vaccine against Covid-19, reports claimed that the gap between the second dose and the third jab is likely to be nine to 12 months, news agency PTI reported. The nitty-gritty of the intervals for the vaccines currently being used in India's inoculation program – Covaxin and Covishield – is being worked out. The report said a final decision would be taken soon, quoted sources.

As announced by PM Narendra Modi, the third jab, which is being called the precaution dose, will be given to frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidities starting from 10th January. A majority of this population group received both doses in the first half of the 2021 year as they were the priority groups of India's vaccination program that started on 16th January 2021. It's already been nine months since the last dose for senior citizens (with comorbidities) and frontline workers who have received both the jab of their vaccines by March-April.

Read More: Vaccine for children from 3rd January and precaution doses for frontline workers, senior citizens from 10th January

The PTI report said.

"The break between the second and the pre-cautionary dose of Covid vaccine is likely to be nine to twelve months with the immunization division and the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) discussing on these lines," 

What is the precaution dose?

Regular vaccines against Covid consist of two doses. With the emergence of new variants, the need for a third dose that may act as a booster to the body's immune system was felt worldwide. Several countries have started administering this third dose, generally referred to as a booster dose. PM Modi, however, did not use the popular terminology as he announced the third dose. It was referred to as a precaution dose; to be administered to priority groups amid the rapid spread of Omicron.

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