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Now the long wait will end, the second dose of Covishield vaccine will be taken between 8 to 16 weeks, NTAGI recommends


new Delhi: The pace of corona vaccination is increasing continuously amidst the decreasing cases of corona in the country. In the same episode, India’s apex body on vaccination, NTAGI, has recommended the second dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine Covishield between eight and 16 weeks after the first dose. Official sources gave this information on Sunday.

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has not yet suggested any change in the duration of Bharat Biotech’s Covaccine dose, with the second dose being given 28 days after the first dose. The recommendation regarding Covidshield has not yet been implemented in the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

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“The latest NTAGI recommendation is based on recent global scientific evidence derived from programmatic data,” an official source said. “Accordingly, when the second dose of Covishield is given after eight weeks, the antibody response generated is almost identical to that given at 12 to 16 weeks interval,” the source said.

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The source said that this decision will allow the remaining six to seven crore people to get a second dose of Covidshield amid rising cases of Covid-19 in many countries. The government on 13 May 2021 increased the gap between the first and second doses of the Covidshield vaccine from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks based on the recommendations of the NTAGI. NTAGI provides guidance and advice to the Union Health Ministry on immunization services regarding effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the country.

Now the long wait will end, the second dose of Covishield vaccine will be taken between 8 to 16 weeks, NTAGI recommends

Now the long wait will end, the second dose of Covishield vaccine will be taken between 8 to 16 weeks, NTAGI recommends

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