Centre accepts recommendation for extension of gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine

By Rajan Nath - May 13, 2021 1:05 pm

While India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus and shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, the Union Government on Thursday accepted the recommendation of the COVID Working Group for extension of a gap between two doses of Covishield vaccine

The COVID Working Group chaired by Dr. N K Arora has recommended extension of the gap between the first and second doses of COVISHIELD vaccine to 12-16 weeks. The present gap between the two doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine is 6-8 weeks.

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Based on the available real-life evidence, particularly from the UK, the COVID-19 Working Group agreed for increasing the dosing interval to 12-16 weeks between two doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine. No change in an interval of COVAXIN vaccine doses was recommended.

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Even as the body recommended that those testing positive for coronavirus should defer their COVID-19 vaccination for at least six months after their recovery.

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It also suggested that “pregnant women may be offered the choice to take any vaccine while lactating women are eligible for vaccination any time after the delivery."

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Earlier in the day, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted approval for the Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine – Covaxin – in children of the age group of 2-18.

Reportedly, the company will carry out these trials on 525 healthy volunteers.

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