Covid-19: India to start the provision of precautionary (booster) doses of the vaccine to the eligible population from January 10.
About the booster:
The Centre has already said that the precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as administered previously in the first two doses. So, if a person has been jabbed with two shots of Covishield, he will be administered the third shot of Covishield only. And if someone has taken shots of Covexin, they will be given the third shot also of the same vaccine.
Statement by NITI Aayog member:
NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul says, “Precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as has been given previously. Those who have received Covexin will receive Covaxin, those who have received primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield.”
Further, the eligible population who have taken two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can directly take an appointment or walk into any vaccination centre.
Registration for the ‘precaution dose’ of COVID-19 vaccine for healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with co-morbidities started on the CoWIN portal from January 8.