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Covid precaution dose for 18+ age group at pvt vaccination centres from Apr 10

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New Delhi, April 8: Precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all aged above 18 years at private vaccination centres from April 10, the Union Health Ministry announced on Friday.
All those above the age of 18 who have completed nine months after the administration of the second dose will be eligible for the precaution dose, it said.
“It has been decided that the precaution dose of Covid vaccines will be made available to the 18-plus population group at private vaccination centres. This facility would be available at all private vaccination centres,” the ministry said.
“Adding an extra layer of safety! Precaution dose to be available to 18+ age group from 10th April, 2022, at private vaccination centres. All 18+ who have completed nine months after administration of second dose would be eligible for precaution dose,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Twitter.
So far, about 96% of all those above the age of 15 years in the country have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while about 83% have received both doses, it stated.
Covishield precaution dose priced at Rs 600 per shot
Vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday said the precaution dose of its Covishield vaccine against Covid-19 will be priced at Rs 600 per shot for eligible individuals.
SII CEO Adar Poonawalla also welcomed the government’s move to allow precaution dose of the vaccine to all aged above 18 years at private vaccination centres, saying it will further provide long-term protection against the virus, and aid ease of travel.
“End-users will pay Rs 600 for the booster dose and the hospitals will get at discounted price,” Poonawalla said in a statement.
The Union Health Ministry on Friday announced that those above the age of 18 years who have completed nine months after the administration of the second dose will be eligible for the precaution dose.
Reacting to the government’s decision in a tweet, Poonawalla said, “We are delighted by GOI’s announcement on booster. The decision will further provide long term protection and aid ease of travel.”
He, however, said the nine-month gap was a bit long although the company had 200 million dosages in stock. SII has the capacity to produce 4 billion dosages.
Poonawalla also exuded confidence that the whole country can be vaccinated in about three months in case of requirement in future.
SII and Bharat Biotech have been major suppliers of Covid-19 vaccines to the government so far. (PTI)

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