India is slowly but steadily fattening its kitty of Covid-19 vaccines as the country aims to ramp up its vaccination drive. Universal vaccination for Covid-19 is the single way to overcome and handle a pandemic. India encounters a tall order of inoculating the estimated 90-95 crore adults.
However, India started its vaccination drive with Covaxin and Covishield. Now, the Indian government has approved few more vaccines for emergency use. With the increase in the number of Covid-19 vaccines, it seems difficult to keep track of the many details of the various shots.
Here, we have bought the one-stop Covid-19 vaccine guide for shots approved in India.
Covishield was developed by Oxford University in partnership with British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca. The Covishield vaccination course includes two different doses of 0.5 ml each. As per the latest Union Health Ministry guidelines, the second dose is provided within 12-16 weeks after the first dose.
It is an indigenous vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Limited in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology, Pune (NIV). This vaccine is being offered free at government vaccination centers. At private hospitals, you must have to pay Rs 1,410, including Rs 150 in GST.
Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia, developed the Sputnik V vaccine, in partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). In India, it is being distributed by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, based in Hyderabad.