Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that now second dose of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield will be administered prior to prescribe time interval after 28 days to international travelers for specific purposes.
Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the Punjab Government has taken up the issue with GoI several times to reduce the prescribed time of the second dose of the Covishield vaccine against COVID-19 with a view to providing full coverage to facilitate international travelers especially students who are not covered in priority groups.
He said that it was unfortunate that because of unable to get full coverage of vaccination, students could not go overseas for their studies even after paying the hefty fees.
The students and their parents are repeatedly urged the Punjab Government to reduce the gap between the second dose of Covishield from the 84 days.
Sidhu said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued the recommendations such as Prescribed Time Interval (after 28 days but before 84 days) administration of the second dose of Covishield Vaccine, students who have to undertake foreign travel for the purposes of education will be considered as eligible beneficiaries.
Similarly, persons who have to take up jobs in foreign countries, Athletes, Sportspersons, and accompanying staff of Indian contingent attending International Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo.
He also informed that these instructions have been issued to all Deputy Commissioners for further action so that the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries to be vaccinated.
He further said that 4,58,424 beneficiaries between the age group of 18 to 44 years administered the first dose of Covishied while 37,320 got the first jab of Covaxin, he said.
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