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Booster Dose Covid Vaccine: Elderly above 60 years of age will not have to show doctor’s prescription for booster dose

New Delhi
The Center on Tuesday told states and union territories that people aged 60 years and above with critical illnesses will not be required to show any medical certificate while administering the precautionary dose (third dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine. Such individuals are expected to consult their physician before deciding to take a precautionary dose or a third dose.

In a letter to the states and union territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the personnel deployed on election duty in the poll-bound states would be included in the category of frontline personnel. Bhushan said the eligibility of such beneficiaries for the precaution dose would be based on the date of taking the second dose, as entered in the CoVin system. He said that the precautionary dose can be taken after completion of nine months or 39 weeks from the date of second dose.

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Organizing workshop through video conference

He explained that Covin will send a message to all those eligible for the precautionary dose, which will be reflected in the digital vaccination certificates. Bhushan on Tuesday chaired a workshop through video conference with all states and union territories on vaccination and vaccination for the 15-18 age group, frontline workers and those above 60 years of age with critical illnesses. A review was conducted regarding the provision of a precautionary third dose to the people.

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He said that only people in the age group of 15-18 years are to be given the vaccine and additional doses of the vaccine will be sent to all the states and union territories. He said that the central government will share the schedule of supply of the vaccine with all the states and union territories in the next few days. Bhushan said that potential beneficiaries can either register themselves on Kovin from January 1 or register themselves at the center after vaccination starts from January 3. Those born in 2007 or earlier will be eligible for vaccination under this category.

It is necessary to follow the protocol for the age group of 15-18 years.

According to a statement by the Health Ministry, all established protocols regarding vaccination are to be followed for the age group of 15-18 years. They will be eligible for a second dose only after 28 days. In a letter, Bhushan said, all citizens irrespective of their age status are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccination at government immunization centres. He said that those who can afford to pay can also get vaccinated by visiting the vaccination centers of private hospitals.

He said that the price announced earlier for each vaccine at the private center would be applicable for these groups of beneficiaries. All such healthcare workers and frontline workers, who are currently registered as citizens on COVIN for any reason and are below 60 years of age, should be duly assigned their status to HCW/FLW to avail the precautionary dose. will have to receive. However, to do so they will have to submit the employment certificate in the prescribed format. These guidelines will come into effect from January 3 and will be reviewed from time to time.

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