Covid-19: NTAGI recommends reducing gap between 2nd, precaution dose

By Shgun S -- June 16, 2022 9:19 pm -- Updated:June 16, 2022 9:19 pm

New Delhi, June 16: Government advisory panel Standing Technical Sub Committee (STSC) of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) on Thursday recommended reducing the gap between the second dose and precaution dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

The government panel has suggested reducing the time period between second and precaution dose to six months, down from nine months, for every individual above the age of 18 years.

The sources of Thursday said that the NTAGI is likely to take the final call on the matter on June 29.

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Earlier, India had reduced the time gap of 'precaution dose' for foreign travellers to a minimum of 90 days after the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

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According to sources, Thursday's meeting of the Standing Technical Sub Committee (STSC) of the NTAGI did not involve the discussion regarding the vaccination of the children between the age group 6 to 12 years.

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Experts are split on reducing the gap between booster doses in India as less number of people have shown interest in getting a precautionary dose, despite it being allowed by the Centre for everyone above the age of 18.

The decision came amid the regular uptick in daily Covid-19 cases. India, after a gap of more than three months, witnessed a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases as the country recorded as many as 12,213 fresh infections in the last 24 hours.

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