After the spread of the new form of the coronavirus, Omicron, the discussion on the issue of applying a booster dose of the anti-Covid vaccine in India has intensified. The question is, is a booster dose really needed? When to get it installed? What is the stand of the government regarding this? NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul clarified that the decision on ‘booster dose’ will be taken based on studies and suggestions.
He said that studies are being done at different levels to determine the need for booster dose and its effects on the new form. Discussions are also going on at the scientific and technical levels. All aspects related to Omicron are being carefully monitored. Decisions will be taken based on scientific facts and suggestions regarding the introduction of booster doses. Paul said that India’s emphasis is on giving both doses to all adults at present. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also first suggested completing the vaccination work of the entire population on a priority basis.
It is possible to use four vaccines in the third dose-
The former head of Insacco said that it is possible to use four different vaccines as ‘booster doses’ in India. In addition to CovaShield, people who have been given Covashield can be given the Covaxin. Those who have been vaccinated with the Zycov-D, Covovax and Corbevax-E vaccines.
The difference between the two doses of Covishield decreased
According to Dr Shahid Jameel, former head of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortia, how long both doses of the Covid vaccines provide protection against serious infections is not clear. However, considering Omicron, the government should consider reducing the gap between the two doses of Covishield. Those taking the first dose should have a second dose between 8 and 12 weeks instead of 12 to 16 weeks.
Booster booking in the UK from today
London. Bookings for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 30 and over in the UK will begin on Monday. Officials said that the exercise to control the rapidly spreading Omicron form in Britain intensified. Under this, it has been decided to give booster doses to 30 people.