NTAGI approves precautionary dose before 9-month waiting period for those traveling abroad: Sources

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has recommended that those who need to travel abroad can take the precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine as required by the country they are traveling to, before the waiting period for stipulated nine months, sources said. PTI.

However, no recommendation has yet been made by NTAGI on reducing the gap between the second dose and the precautionary vaccine from the current nine months to six for everyone.

The issue will likely be discussed in future meetings, sources said. From now on, everyone over the age of 18 who has completed nine months after the second dose is eligible for the precautionary vaccine.

The Union Health Ministry has received several representations requesting the precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine for those who need to travel abroad for employment, business commitments, admission to foreign educational institutions, participation in sporting events and bilateral and multilateral meetings as part of the official delegation of India. .

“The matter was discussed on Wednesday and NTAGI recommended that those who are to travel abroad may take the recall, before the stipulated nine-month waiting period, in accordance with the requirements of the country they are traveling to,” said said a source. .

India started administering precautionary doses of the vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and people aged 60 and over with co-morbidities from January 10 this year.

The comorbidity clause was removed in March, making all people over the age of 60 eligible for the precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine.

On April 10, India began administering precautionary doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all people over the age of 18 at private vaccination centers.

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