Beginning January 10, India will begin delivering the third dosage of Covid vaccine to priority categories of the population. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that India’s immunisation campaign would be expanded to include children for the first two doses and priority populations for the third dosage. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 have been receiving immunizations since January 3.
On January 8, registration for the prophylactic dose booster dose commenced on Co-WIN.
Eligibility, pricing, and all you need to know about the Covid cautionary dose
1. The 3rd dose is available to frontline employees and senior adults with co-morbidities.
2. While a doctor’s certificate is not necessary at the time of administration of the cautionary dose, it is recommended that you consult with a doctor before taking it.
3. The second and third doses must be separated by nine months. So, if you received your second dose within the first week of April 2021, you are only eligible for the cautionary dose at this time. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until you’ve had your second dose for 39 weeks.
4. If you have Covishield, your third dose will be Covishield as well. Covaxin is the same way. The government does not allow vaccines to be mixed and matched.
5. There is no need to register for Co-Win again. Appointments can be made directly on the website. Other than that, walk-ins are welcome.
6. The health ministry recognises voter ID, Aadhaar, passports, and driver’s licences as valid documents.
7. Priority groups are vaccinated at no cost at government hospitals.
What is the significance of a booster dose?
Booster dosages have been given to citizens in a number of countries. In India, this is referred to as a preventive dose rather than a booster dose. Given the recent global spike of Covid-19 cases, the decision to administer this third dose was made. Cases are increasing quickly in India as too, with Omicron, the type of concern discovered on November 24, being blamed. People who have been vaccinated are also becoming infected because Omicron has features that allow it to bypass the body’s immune system. Immunity in people is declining as a result of past infections or vaccinations, according to scientists.