23 Mar 2021

The second dose of Covishield can be given between 4 to 8 weeks, doctors to determine, says Prakash Javadekar


On Tuesday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that doctors would determine when the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should be injected. "According to the suggestion of scientists, the second dose can be given between the fourth and eighth week, particularly for Covishield," he said.

The health ministry issued a statement that, "In a context of getting scientific evidence, the time interval between two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield has been revisited by National Technical Advisory Expert Group on Vaccine Administration(NEGVAC) for Covid-19 in the meeting. During this meeting, the suggestions has been revised to give second dose of Covishield at 4 to 8 weeks' interval after the first dose, in place of the earlier practiced time interval of 4-6 weeks."

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given in two doses, with a 28-day interval between them, according to the central government. The "protective antibody levels" were formed two weeks after the second dose, the ministry had said.

Two Covid-19 vaccines, Pune based Serum Institute of India's Covishield and other Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Ltd's Covaxin, were granted emergency use authorization in India.

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