Ruling out any protocol adjustments, the federal government on Tuesday mentioned identical vaccines needs to be administered for each doses. The clarification got here after a number of stories indicated that the federal government may go for adjustments in its vaccination technique.
“Mixing of vaccine will not be the protocol but, identical vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) to be administered for each doses. Persist with the SOP,” an official of the well being ministry mentioned throughout a press convention right now.
He mentioned worldwide analysis was nonetheless underway on the blending of vaccines as the potential of a constructive impact can also be believable however a dangerous response can’t be dominated out both. It’s an unresolved scientific query, science will settle it, he added.
Additional, the official additionally mentioned that there was no change within the schedule of Covishield doses. “Will probably be two doses solely. After the primary Covishield dose is run, second dose will probably be given after 12 weeks. The identical schedule is relevant to Covaxin,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the federal government additionally refuted stories of a vaccine scarcity within the nation. Dr. Balram Bhargava, the pinnacle of the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR), mentioned India may have sufficient doses to vaccinate 1 crore folks per day by mid-July or August. “We’re assured of vaccinating the entire inhabitants by December,” he mentioned.
Based on the ministry, a complete of 21.60 crore vaccine doses have been administered within the nation with 1.67 crore doses to well being staff, 2.42 crore to entrance line staff, 15.48 crore to folks in 45+ age group whereas for these in 18-44 age group, 2.03 doses.
Concentrate on youngsters
The federal government’s focus is on childhood Covid illness. “The pediatric inhabitants is usually asymptomatic. They typically get infections however their signs are minimal or nill. The an infection has not taken severe form in youngsters,” NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul mentioned.
“…However the virus might change its behaviour within the pediatric inhabitants. The affect of COVID-19 might enhance in youngsters. The information has proven low variety of youngsters are being admitted to hospitals. We’re pushing preparedness,” he mentioned.