The difference between the two doses of Covishield can be increased to 12–16 weeks, a government panel recommended to the center on Thursday. However, there is no change in the interval of covaxine.
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization also stated that pregnant women can choose their vaccine and that breastfeeding women will be eligible after delivery. Currently neither is eligible to receive shots.
The panel also said that those whose laboratory testing proved SARS-CoV-2 disease should stop the Kovid-19 vaccination for six months after recovery. According to the current protocol of the Union Ministry of Health, the vaccine should be taken for four to eight weeks for recovery from Covid. -19 Infections and shots should not be administered to pregnant and lactating women. Before implementing these recommendations NEGVA – the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration – will be sent for approval. Based on real-life evidence available exclusively from the UK. The Kovid-19 Working Group agreed to increase the dose interval between two doses of the Covicil vaccine to 12–16 weeks. Changes in the interval of covixin vaccine doses were recommended, “sources said, according to PTI, this is the second time. The three months that the Covishield dosing interval has been widened. In March, states and union territories were told to extend the 28-day interval to six-eight weeks “for better results”.
The panel also rejected the proposal for regular screening of all vaccine recipients with rapid antigen testing prior to Kovid vaccination.
These changes prompted a sarcastic swipe at Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, who flagged off the ever-widening recommended intervals between doses.