In Covid positive cases, defer vaccinations, boosters for 3 months: Ministry

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health has urged states and union territories to postpone vaccination, including the boosters dosage, for three months if the recipient tests positive.

In a letter to states and UTs, Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (NHM), stated that "in the event of persons with lab test proved SARS-2 Covid-19 sickness, all Covid vaccines, including the prophylactic dosage, will be deferred by three months following recovery."

The letter continues, "There have been requests from many quarters for guidance on the delivery of the cautionary dose to eligible patients with Covid sickness." It goes on to say that the advice is based on scientific data and the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group (NTGAI).

The vaccination campaign for adolescents aged 15 to 18 years began on January 3, while the administration of a precaution dosage for health care workers, front-line workers, and people aged 60 and above with co-morbidities began on January 10. The cautionary dose is prioritised and sequenced based on the completion of nine months, or 39 weeks, following the second dose's administration date.

As of this morning, India's Covid inoculation coverage had reached 161.16 crore, thanks to the delivery of almost 67 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours.

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