Centre accepts panel’s recommendation to increase gap between Covishield doses

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This is an increase in the third interval for covishield. When India started the vaccination drive in January, the recommended gap four to six weeks. In March, the GAP period was revised and extended to four to eight weeks.

Studies have revealed that Covishield works better when the two doses are spaced apart.
Studies have revealed that Covishield works better when the two doses are spaced apart.

The center on Thursday approved the gap between the first dose and the second dose of the Covid-19 covishield vaccine based on the recommendation of the expert panel. The National Technical Advisory Group on immunization (NTagi) recommends that the gap between two covishield doses can be extended to 12 to 16 weeks.

Recommendations for Ntagi received by the Ministry of Health Union on Thursday.

There was no change as it was recommended at Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin interval. Experts say that Covaxin has been developed using “dead viruses, which are unable to infect people but can still instruct the immune system to post defensive actions against infection”. There is no data about whether the effectiveness increases if the gap widens as during the trial.

This is an increase in the third interval for covishield. When India started the vaccination drive in January, the recommended gap four to six weeks. In March, the GAP period was revised and extended to four to eight weeks.

A study published in the medical journal The Lancet on February 19 claimed an increase of 26.2 percent – from 55.1 percent to 81.3 percent – if the dose was 12 or more weeks.

Ngagi consists of government representatives from the Department of Women and Child Development, Internal Finance Division in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Drug Controller (DCGI) along with health experts.

India began the world’s largest vaccination drive on January 16 this year in a gradual way with HCWS (HCWS) will be inoculated first. Vaccination for frontline workers (FLWS) starts from February 2.

The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination starts from March 1 for those over 60 years old and for people aged 45 years and over with the condition of the specified co-morbid. India launched vaccination for everyone over 45 of April 1.

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