Govt unlikely to allow different vaccine as Covid booster – ET HealthWorld

The government is unlikely to allow a booster shot that is different from the primary Covid-19 vaccine, as a study conducted by Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore found that mixing of the two main vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – did not yield “encouraging results,” people in the know told ET. The study showed that if the booster is the same as the first two doses, it boosts immunity well, but when the booster dose is different, the results are not good, an expert privy to the data said, without…

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India considers widening COVID booster effort to all adults, sources say – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi -India is considering making all adults eligible for booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Monday, as infections grow in some countries and some Indians find it hard to travel abroad without a third dose. Only frontline workers and those older than 60 are currently allowed to take booster doses in India, whether free in government centres or paid for in private hospitals. The government is debating whether to provide boosters to other groups for free, said one of the sources,…

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India considers widening Covid booster effort to all adults, sources say – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: India is considering making all adults eligible for booster doses of Covid-19 vaccine, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Monday, as infections grow in some countries and some Indians find it hard to travel abroad without a third dose. Only frontline workers and those older than 60 are now allowed to take booster doses in India, whether free in government centres or paid for in private hospitals. The government is debating whether to provide boosters to other groups for free, said one of the sources,…

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Decision on third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for all adults will be based on scientific need: Govt – ET HealthWorld

Noting that the decision on third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for all adults will be taken based on scientific need, the government on Thursday said emerging knowledge on the subject is under its active consideration. Responding to a question at a weekly press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said all decisions on precaution doses are taken first and foremost based on the need. “The scientific need is the first part that drives it, then other considerations — programmatic and epidemiological. Just because anyone else is doing…

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Booster shots for kids on the agenda as NTAGI meets today – ET HealthWorld

The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), the Covid-19 advisory group in India, is likely to contemplate key issues like the need for a booster dose to the eligible population, additional dose for the immunocompromised and opening vaccination for children in a meeting to be held on Monday, people in the know told ET. NTAGI chair NK Arora will give a presentation on a status report, detailing the share of children in the total active Covid-19 cases, impact of Covid-19 on children and the need for the vaccination in…

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The Covid booster shot is not for everyone. It’s only meant for severely immunocompromised people – ET HealthWorld

The increasing prevalence of new coronavirus variants is raising questions about how well protected those who’ve already had their COVID-19 shots are against evolving forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Here, microbiology and infectious disease specialist William Petri of the University of Virginia answers some common questions about COVID-19 booster shots. 1. What is a booster shot?Boosters are an extra dose of a vaccine given to maintain vaccine-induced protection against a disease. They are commonly used to bolster many vaccines because immunity can wear off over time. For example, the flu…

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