DIMAPUR, MAY 20: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that anyone who has already received the first dose of Covishield vaccine will receive the second dose only after 12-16 weeks and appointment for second dose will not be possible before 84 days.
A State Health and Family Welfare Department press release on Thursday stated that this was for “better antibody response and protection”.
Those who have already booked for second dose before 84 days on COWIN have been advised to reschedule their appointments for a later date between 12-16 weeks.
“However, if the beneficiary insists on second dose vaccination as scheduled, he/she may be allowed the 2nd dose vaccination before 84 days but this is strictly for beneficiaries who have made a prior online appointment in COWIN. Further online or on-site appointments will not be possible if the period after 1st dose date for a beneficiary is less than 84 days w.e.f. May 20, 2021,” it stated.
In a separate press statement, it informed that the Ministry has, on the recommendation of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), decided that in case of individual having lab test proven SARS-2 COVID-19 illness, COVID-19 vaccination will be deffered by 3 months after recovery.
In case of SARS-2 COVID-19 patients who have been given anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, COVID-19 vaccination will be deferred by 3 months from discharge from the hospital.
Further, in case of individuals who have received at least the 1st dose and got COVID-19 infection before completion of the dosing schedule, the 2nd dose should be deferred by 3 months from clinical recovery from COVID-19 illness.
Persons with any other serious general illness requiring hospitalisation or ICU care should also wait for 4-8 weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
It informed that anyone can donate blood after 14 days of either receipt of COVID-19 vaccine or testing RT-PCR negative, if suffering from COVID-19 disease.
“COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all lactating women. There is no requirement for screening of the vaccine recipients by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to COVID-19 vaccination,” it informed.
(Page News Service)