Delay Covishield Vaccination For 9 Months After COVID-19 Recovery: Govt Panel
Published On May 18, 2021, Updated On Jul 06, 2021
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) has recommended people who recovered from COVID-19 to delay Covishield vaccination for six to nine months after infection. According to the reports, The NTAGI has also approached the central government to gain approval for a longer gap of nine months.
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Earlier, the panel had stated that people having laboratory tests proven COVID-19 illness should delay vaccination for six months after recovery. As per the current protocols, the Covishield vaccine must be taken four to eight weeks after recovery. The advisory committee on the Covid-19 vaccines had also recommended enhancing the gap from 4-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks between two doses of Covishield. It must be noted that no changes have been recommended in the doses of Covaxin.
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation had suggested that COVID-19 patients who had been given anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma can delay COVID-19 vaccination for three months from the day of discharge from hospital. Moreover, it was advised that people with any other serious illness requiring hospitalisation or ICU care must wait for 4-8 weeks before getting the next COVID vaccine.
The recommendation comes as India makes consistent efforts to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccine supply on a large scale.
As per the reports, the Health Ministry is streamlining the system and process of vaccination. Moreover, efforts are being made to give a schedule of the next 15 days to the states in advance.
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