27 Dec 2022

Covid-19 Precautions: IMA In Favour Of Second Booster Dose

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has expressed the need for one more additional dose i.e. the fourth dose of corona vaccines in a meeting with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday. In countries where Corona cases are rapidly increasing, this situation has arisen despite a booster dose of vaccines.

According to reports, Union Health Minister Mandaviya held talks with the IMA and other top doctors on Monday. In this, Corona was reviewed in the country. The doctors favoured a second booster dose to prevent Covid. 

Work of giving booster dose is also going on: Two doses of corona vaccines have been compulsorily given to the people. The work of giving third additional or booster dose is also going on. Seeing the situation becoming uncontrollable in China and other countries, the fourth dose or second booster dose is under consideration.

The Health Minister held this meeting with the IMA through video conferencing. In this, consultations were held with top medical experts in view of the apprehension of a new wave of Corona in the country. Experts say that a large number of people in China were exposed to the BF.7 variant of Omicron even after they had taken booster doses. 

The government has given instructions to keep an eye on Covid cases, respiratory patients and influenza patients across the country. Today, mock drills are also being conducted in hospitals of many states of the country, so that any situation can be dealt with.

Health workers should be given fourth dose: After the meeting, Dr JA Jayalal, former president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), told that the government was urged to consider the fourth dose. It is especially necessary to give this to health workers and frontline workers. 

He said the last dose to healthcare and frontline workers was given about a year ago. Immunity will end in such a long interval. So we have urged the minister to consider a 4th dose as a precautionary measure for the people, especially doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and frontline workers. Since they have to handle patients, they are at highest risk.

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