COVID-19 booster dose will be the same vaccine as given earlier – Center

New Delhi: Giving clarity on booster shots for COVID-19, the Center said that for healthcare and frontline workers as well as people above 60 years of age with comorbidities, the precautionary dose of the COVID vaccine would be the same as the first two doses of the vaccine. The dose of the precautionary COVID-19 vaccine will be the same vaccine as given earlier. Those who have received Covaxin will receive Covaxin, those who have received the primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield. Dr. VK Paul, Member- Health, NITI Aayog. Although Dr Paul had earlier said that there was no theoretical problem to mix and match, it appears that the Indian government has not yet taken a decision on mixing and matching vaccines in India. (omicron virus)

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no need to panic

The Center also said on Wednesday that the cases of COVID-19 are increasing in cities and the Omron variant is the major circulating strain. However, the government said that there is no need to panic and one should be alert, disciplined and prepared, adding that the country will face this phase of the pandemic as well. There is an outbreak of infection in the cities. Omicron is the major circulating strain and mass gatherings need to be avoided to slow the spread of infection. There has been an increase in the cases of Kovid globally while 25.2 lakh cases were registered globally in January. India has registered a 6.3-fold increase in Covid cases in the last eight days. The case positivity has increased from 0.79 per cent on December 29 to 5.03 per cent on January 5.

Teenagers given first dose of covid vaccine (omicron virus)

He said that there are now more than 10,000 active COVID cases in six States/UTs. It further said that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Gujarat are emerging as states of concern due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. A total of 28 districts are reporting weekly Covid positivity above 10 per cent, while 43 districts are reporting weekly positivity between 5-10 per cent. The Center said that 1.06 crore or 14.3 percent of India’s adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years have been given the first dose of the Kovid vaccine. It said that there are an estimated 7,40,57,000 adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years in the country and they are eligible for vaccination. It added that countries reporting an increase in omicron cases have seen relatively fewer hospitalizations. (omicron virus)

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