Covid Booster Vaccination Drive starts In India

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As the Covid cases surge in India, the government has rolled up its sleeves to give Covid booster shots to the frontline workers. A COVID booster dose is an additional dose of vaccination given when the protection provided by the first two jab(s) begins to diminish over time. It means that an individual normally gets a booster shot after his immunity from the first dose(s) starts to weaken. The goal of the booster shot is to assist people to retain their immunity for a longer duration.

India will begin providing the vaccine’s precautionary (or booster) dose to healthcare workers, and those over 60 years of age with co-morbidities from January 10th. The registration to get the booster shots for senior citizens has already started since Saturday. Those who are eligible for a Covid vaccination precaution dosage can schedule an appointment online through the CoWin portal.

Those receiving the precautionary dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine do not need to re-register, and they can schedule an appointment or walk-in starting Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry. The ministry stated in a statement on Friday that no new registration is required, and that people who have already received two doses of the vaccine can make an appointment or walk into any COVID-19 Vaccination Centre.

“Schedules will be published tomorrow- January 8. Online appointment facility will also start by tomorrow evening,”

the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Centre has stated that the precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine that was given in the first two doses. On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the third precautionary dosage immunization for health staff, frontline workers, and vulnerable older residents would begin on January 10.

“Precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as has been given previously. Those who have received Covaxin will receive Covaxin, those who have received primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield,”

said Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog during a media briefing of the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

According to the Union Health Ministry, India recorded a single-day increase of 1,41,986 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 3,53,68,372, with 3,071 instances of the Omicron variety reported across 27 states and union territory so far.

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