Administering vaccine doses three months after recovering from Covid-19: Center in States
The Department of Health has asked states to delay vaccine doses, including boosters, for three months for people who have recently suffered from coronavirus infection.
“Please note: In the case of individuals with laboratory tests that have proven Sars-2 Covid-19 disease, any Covid vaccination, including the precautionary dose, should be postponed for three months after recovery”, said Additional Health Secretary Vikas Sheel in a letter to states on Friday.
“I request that you please direct relevant officials to take note of this and also ensure effective dissemination of information to service providers as well as the general public through all forms of media,” the letter adds. .
Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 15 to 18 started on January 3 and the administration of the booster dose for health and frontline workers, and people aged 60 and over with comorbidities has started. started on January 10 as part of the national Covid vaccination program. India calls the third strike a “precautionary dose”. The prioritization and sequencing of booster doses is based on the completion of nine months (39 weeks) from the date of administration of the second dose, in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.
In several countries giving booster doses, the gap is six months, which science says is when the antibodies generated by the vaccine begin to wane. Certainly, immunity is a complex mechanism and driven by more than just antibodies. Science also indicates that people can get vaccinated soon after recovering from a Covid infection, although many countries prescribe a gap.
Sheel said the letter was written because several states and UT wanted guidance on how to vaccinate either people with active disease or those who have recently recovered. In a Thursday briefing, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the guidelines were clear – the vaccine should be given three months after recovery.
“Our guidelines clearly state that three months after recovering from a Covid infection, an individual can take their second dose or precautionary dose. This is based on current evidence and will be changed if there is enough scientific evidence to suggest a change. Our panel of experts, NTAGI, reviews it closely and deliberates on it regularly,” he said. NTAGI is the abbreviation of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization in India.
The Ministry of Health’s directive to maintain a gap of three months after recovery is based on recommendations made by the same group of experts.
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