Centre Allowed Booster Doses For 18+
With the recent announcement, the centre allowed all 18+ age group people to get vaccinated with booster shots. They are eligible to get booster doses at private vaccination centres from April 10. Till now only elders aged 60 and above were allowed to get COVID booster doses.
As per the Union Health Ministry, Government vaccination centres will continue to provide free vaccination facility for first, second and booster doses to health workers, elders aged 60 and above & frontline workers.
News agency ANI also tweeted, “Precaution doses to be now available to 18+ population groups from 10th April at private vaccination centres: Ministry of Health.”
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Statement by Health Ministry goes as, “All those who are more than 18 years of age & have completed 9 months after the administration of second dose, would be eligible for Precaution Dose. This facility would be available in all Private Vaccination Centres. So far, about 96% of all 15+ population in the country have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose while about 83% of 15+ population has received both doses. More than 2.4 crore Precaution Doses have also been administered to Healthcare Workers, Frontline Workers and 60+ population groups. 45% of the 12 to 14 years age group have also received the first dose.”
Dr Shashank Joshi, COVID task force member, Maharashtra said to Republic “It is a welcome step that all people above 18 will be eligible for a precautionary dose. It will be particularly useful for those who have taken their doses 9 months back, who had COVID-19 a year back. Eventually, we know that immunity from various vaccines lasts only three-6 months. Our last wave ended somewhere in mid-January. And we are in mid-April. And three months have elapsed. So, people who are eligible in the next 3-6 months, should take the precautionary dose in consultation with doctors”