Covid-19 Vaccine Update: The Union Health Ministry on Thursday increased time gap between two doses of vaccine to 12-14 weeks from 6-8 weeks, as per recommendations given by a government medical panel.
The decision to increase vaccine administration gap was announced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Twitter.
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization suggested increase of gap between two doses of vaccines especially for Covishield but not for Covaxin. The decision is taken at a time when the country and its states are facing with heavy shortage of vaccine doses and are in fight with the central government as well over vaccine distribution.
The shortage of vaccines became much more pronounced after vaccination drive for population over 18-44 years of age was announced. The decision to expand the gap was based on data from U.K based research laboratories.
Initially, upon the permission from Drug Controller General of India the vaccine doses for Covishield were administered in a gap of 4-6 weeks from the first dose and for Covaxin, it was to be administered within a gap of 28 days.
Gap between two Dose of Vaccine:
But subsequently for both the vaccines, the gap between both the doses were increased to 4-8 weeks for Covishield and 4-6 weeks for Covaxin. Soon for Covishield especially the gap was increased to 6-8 weeks and now further it has gone up to 12-14 weeks since the administration of first dosage.
Further, the center advised that pregnant women have the choice to inoculate vaccines, lactating women can take vaccines any time post-delivery and recently it said that recovered patients should take vaccines only after a six-month gap from the date of testing negative for COVID-19.