India has started administering precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare & frontline workers and senior citizens (over 60 years of age with co-morbidities).
The move to provide an additional layer of protection for the vulnerable groups comes at a time when country is seeing spike in Covid-19 cases. Health Ministry on Friday said there is no need for new registration for those taking the precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccine and they can directly take an appointment from Saturday or walk-in.
However, a 9-month or 39-week interval between the second and precautionary dose is mandatory. Meanwhile, the Centre has already said that the precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as administered previously in the first two doses.
On Sunday, India reported more than 179,000 new infections for the past 24 hours, taking the total number of active patiens to over seven lakh. The steep rise in past week was due to the case surge in big cities such as national capital Delhi and financial centre Mumbai.
According to health ministry officials, over 91 per cent of the adult population of the country has received at least one dose of he vaccine while more than 66 per cent have been vaccinated with both the doses.
Meanwhile, The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday announced that over 2 crore teenagers in the age group of 15-18 years have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in less than a week of the inoculation drive being launched for children.