Three groups are eligible for a third precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine. Healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people who are more than 60 years old with comorbidities. This group of people can take a third shot only after 39 weeks from the second dose of the vaccine.
Starting from today, people can book their appointments online for the third dose. From January 10, Monday people can also walk-in directly to vaccination centers without booking for an appointment.
“There is no need for a new registration on CoWIN. Those who have taken two doses of the Covid vaccine can directly take an appointment or walk into any vaccination center,” said a source in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. “Online appointment facility will start from tomorrow (Saturday) evening. Vaccination with on-site appointment starts on January 10,” said the source.
Earlier government has said that the precautionary dose of the vaccine will be the same as the first two doses. Those who are above 60 years of age do not need to show any prescription or certificate to prove their co-morbidity for getting a precautionary dose of vaccine.
Remarks On Covid Vaccine Precautionary Dose
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 announced the third dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people who are over age 60. On the same day, Prime Minister announced vaccination of children in the 15-18 years age group from January 3.
The precautionary dose of vaccine came after a recent spike in Covid-19 cases. As per official data given by the health ministry 117,100 new cases were reported on Friday. Currently, the total number of active cases in India is 472,169.
Meanwhile, the health ministry said India’s vaccination coverage crossed 150 crore doses on Friday. “In a landmark achievement, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 150 crores today. More than 81 lakh vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm today. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late tonight,” the ministry said in a statement.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “A remarkable day on the vaccination front! Congratulations to our fellow citizens on crossing the 150 crore milestone. Many lives have been saved by our vaccination drive. At the same time, let us also keep following all Covid-19 related protocol.”
“India is grateful to all those who have been working to make our vaccination drive a success. We thank our doctors, scientists, innovators, and the healthcare workers who are vaccinating the people. I urge all those eligible to get their shots. Together, let’s fight Covid-19,” he tweeted.