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Gap between Covishield doses increased to 12-16 weeks

Based on the available real-life evidence, particularly from the United Kingdom, the Covid Working Group agreed to increase the gap between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks. 

Gap between Covishield doses increased to 12-16 weeks-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published May 13, 2021, 6:01 PM IST
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The Union Health Ministry has announced the extension of the gap between the first and second doses of the Covishield vaccine to 12-16 weeks. The present gap between the two doses of the Serum Institute of India's vaccine is 6-8 weeks.

Based on the available real-life evidence, particularly from the United Kingdom, the Covid Working Group agreed to increase the gap between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks. 

There is, however, no change in the dosage interval of Covaxin.

The recommendation of the Covid Working Group was approved by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 and then by the Union Home Ministry.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 17.72 crores under Phase-3 of the nationwide vaccination drive.

The Centre announced that the states and Union Territories would receive a total of 7.30 crore doses in May 2021. Out of this, 1.6 crore free doses and 2.35 crore normal doses shall be supplied by the Centre. The states will directly procure 1.23 crore doses from manufacturers.

Addressing a media briefing on Thursday, Niti Aayog member VK Paul said, "Our responsibility to provide the second dose is important, and we need the cooperation of people to seek the second dose. State Governments should focus on the administration of the second dose."

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona

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