New Delhi: Amid rising concerns over the rising COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a recent address to the nation had announced that vaccination against COVID-19 for 15-18 year olds will start from January 3. While the precautionary dose for healthcare, frontline workers and people above 60 will be administered from January 10. The announcement was made by the PM amid rising Covid cases involving the new Omron version of the virus. In his address, PM Modi said that the precautionary dose will also be available from January 10 next year to citizens above 60 years of age and with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor. As per the announcement, people aged 60 years and above will be given the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from January 10 next year if they are suffering from certain co-morbid conditions. ( corona third vaccine )
People above 60 years of age will need a ‘comorbidities certificate’ to take the COVID-19 precautionary dose: National Health Authority (NHA) CEO, Dr. RS Sharma
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Who will get the dose of COVID precaution?
According to Dr RS Sharma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Authority, people above the age of 60, who are eligible for the COVID-19 precautionary dose, will need a comorbidity certificate to take the booster shot. Dr Sharma said the procedure would be the same as was followed when the Covid-19 vaccination was opened up to the above 45 category of people who were suffering from specified co-morbidities.
What is the precautionary dose?
The precautionary dose mentioned by the PM refers to the third dose of vaccine for those who have been fully vaccinated. According to media reports, the government is likely to allow precautionary dosing based on 20 specific comorbidities including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stem cell transplant, kidney disease or dialysis, cirrhosis, cancer, sickle cell disease, and prolonged use at present . Individuals eligible for booster dose can upload a certificate of co-morbidity signed by any registered medical practitioner on Co-Win 2.0 at the time of self-registration. They can also take a hard copy of it to the vaccination centers.
The difference between the second covid vaccine shot and the precautionary dose ( corona third vaccine )
However, the government’s technical panel is likely to decide on the difference between the second Kovid vaccine shot and the precautionary dose. Sources said the gap between the second dose and the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be nine to 12 months. The specifics of the gaps for the vaccines are being worked out, and a final decision on this will be taken soon. A source said the gap between the second and precautionary dose of the COVID vaccine is likely to be nine to 12 months, as the Department of Immunization and the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) are discussing these lines. More than 61 percent of India’s adult population has received both doses of the vaccine. Similarly, about 90 percent of the adult population has received the first dose. With the administration of 32,90,766 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine dose administered in the country has exceeded 141.37 crore, as per provisional reports till 7 am. ( corona third vaccine )