The gap between the two doses of Kovishield has been reduced. (file photo)
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Mohfw) has recommended providing vaccines to people who have taken the first dose 28 days ago.
New Delhi. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Mohfw) has once again reduced the gap between the first and second doses of Covishield. The gap of the second dose was increased twice but this time the gap has been reduced. However, this is only for those who are going on a foreign trip. After the new guideline, now there is no need to wait for 84 days for some categories. Now even after 28 days, the second dose of Covishield can be applied. However, the difference between two doses for Covaxin is still only 28 days. No changes have been made in it.
The gap of both the doses of Covishield has been changed for the third time. There was a difference of 28 to 42 days in the vaccination in India which started from 16 January. Then on 22 March this gap was increased to 6-8 weeks. After this, on May 13, this difference was made 12-16 weeks.
What does the new guideline say?
The new guidelines of the Ministry of Health are for those who have received the first dose of Kovishield and have to travel abroad. This foreign trip can be for studies, employment and for the Olympic team. Such people will not have to wait for 84 days for the second dose of Covishield. The second dose can be administered even before that. Earlier, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said on Tuesday that those people who have special reasons will be given a second dose after a gap of 28 days from the first dose of Kovishield. It is necessary to go abroad. Sidhu said that the competent authority designated by the district administration will conduct the investigation before allowing the second dose before the stipulated interval of 84 days.
He said that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended providing vaccines to such people who had taken the first dose 28 days ago. Sidhu said in a statement here that instructions have been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners for further action in this regard so that maximum number of beneficiaries can be vaccinated.