Centre accepts the panel's recommendation to increase gap between covishield doses
14 May 2021
This is the third augment for the vaccination gap of 2 doses of covishield. Early in January when India started its vaccination drive, the mentioned gap was four to six weeks. In March, the gap was revised and extended to 4 to 8 weeks.
On Thursday, Centre approved the gap between the first dose and second dose of coronavirus vaccine Covishield based on the recommendation of expert panel. The national technical advisory group on immunization (NIGAI) had recommended that the gap between the two doses of Covishield can be further augmented to 12 to 16 weeks.
On Thursday , the recommendation was accepted by the Union Health Ministry.
No such changes were recommended in the intervals of Covaxin manufactured by Bharat Biotech. Experts also mention Covaxin has been developed using " dead virus, which is incapable of infecting people but still it is able to instruct the immune system to mount a defensive action against an infection. " there is no data of covaxin whether the effectiveness is augmented if the gap is widened as during the trial period.
India started the world's largest vaccination drive on January 16 this year in a phased manner with Healthcare workers (HCSs) getting inoculated first . The vaccination of Frontline workers (FCWs) was started from February 2.
The next phase of covid-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid condition.
India launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 from April 1.