Booster Dose Guidelines: The central government on Monday issued official guidelines on ‘precautionary doses’ for frontline workers and people above 60 years of age along with COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 15 to 18 years. Let us tell you that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that children in the age group of 15-18 years will start getting the vaccine for Kovid-19 from January 3. Also, from January 10, booster shots will be given to selected groups.
Children in the age group of 15 to 18 years will be given a dose of Covaxin on January 3, as per the government guidelines, which was recently approved by the DCGI.
On Saturday, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had approved the indigenously developed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use for children above 12 years of age with certain conditions. Let us tell you that this vaccine is the second vaccine after Zydus Cadila’s needle-free Kovid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D to get DCGI permission for use among people below 18 years of age.
According to the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from January 10, health and frontline workers who have taken both doses of the vaccine, as well as people above 60 years of age suffering from serious illness, will be given a booster dose. People 60 years of age and older will be given a booster shot on the advice of a doctor. According to the guidelines, a booster dose can be taken only nine months after the second dose. This information has been given in the official statement.
Those who are eligible for this ‘precautionary dose’ i.e. booster shots will have to register through their existing Cowin account. The Cowin system will alert the beneficiaries when they become eligible for a booster shot, i.e. when their second dose is due. Nine months will be completed. Registration for booster shots can be done online.
At the same time, children in the age group of 15 to 18 years will have to register on the Cowin portal. They can register through an existing Cowin account or by using a new account with a mobile number. Appointments for children can be booked online or on-site. The new guidelines of the government will come into effect from January 3 and will be reviewed from time to time. The government gave this information on Monday.