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No plan yet of Covid booster shots: Niti Aayog’s VK Paul | India News


PUNE: The government for now is not considering Covid vaccine booster shots as there is no recommendation on it yet from the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul said on Saturday.
"The science of the need and the timing of booster shots is still evolving. Different vaccines may have different schedules. It is being closely watched and studied," he told TOI. The focus now is on covering the country's adult population with two doses of vaccine, he added.
Against the backdrop of Serum Institute of India chairman Cyrus Poonawalla emphasising on the need of third or booster dose of Covishield vaccine six months after the second dose, Paul said very few countries in the world had started with booster doses. He also said there was no recommendation from the WHO about it yet. "We are watching the emerging data in this regard continuously and would be guided by the NTAGI in this regard," he said.
About reducing the gap between the two doses of Covishield, Paul said there was no recommendation from NTAGI on it either. "The present gap between the two doses of Covishield is based on science and there's no issue about it. So, the government is not thinking about reducing the gap between two doses," he said.

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August 22, 2021, 2:37 am

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