homeindia NewsCOVID 19 precaution doses to be available for all adults from April 10 at private vaccination centres on payment

COVID-19 precaution doses to be available for all adults from April 10 at private vaccination centres on payment

COVID-19 precaution doses to be available for all adults from April 10 at private vaccination centres on payment
Profile image

By CNBCTV18.com Apr 8, 2022 6:15:31 PM IST (Updated)

The precaution doses will be available on payment at private centres. 

The Union Health Ministry on Friday announced that all those aged above 18 years will be eligible for the precaution doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from April 10, 2022.

Recommended Articles

View All

The precaution doses will be available on payment at private centres.
"All adults 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," the Union Ministry said, adding that the precaution doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would be made available to the 18-plus population at private vaccination centres.
Adar Poonawalla, Serum Institute of India's CEO, welcomed the government's decision. He said it is a huge relief for all those who wanted to take the booster as a precautionary dose or for travel.
However, he said the gap of nine months between the second dose and the precaution dose was a bit too long and the government could look at a gap of six months after the second dose as well. He said his company would sell Covishield to hospitals for Rs 600.
Dr N Trehan, Chairman of Medanta, also welcomed the government's move of making the precaution dose available to all adults from April 10. He said there is enough cynical data to show that precaution dose protects people from COVID-19 and even if they are infected the impact is minor.
"The ongoing free vaccination programme via government vaccination centres for first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as the precaution dose for healthcare workers, frontline workers, and the 60+ years population will continue and would be accelerated," the Union Health Ministry said.
Over 2.4 crore precaution doses have already been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above the age of 60 years. Besides, 45 percent beneficiaries in the 12-14 years age group have also received the first dose, the Ministry said.
About 96 percent of all those aged above 15 years in the country have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while about 83 percent of the same age group has received both doses.
(With PTI inputs)
Also Read:
Check out our in-depth Market Coverage, Business News & get real-time Stock Market Updates on CNBC-TV18. Also, Watch our channels CNBC-TV18, CNBC Awaaz and CNBC Bajar Live on-the-go!

Top Budget Opinions

    Most Read

    Market Movers

    View All
    Top GainersTop Losers
    CurrencyCommodities
    CompanyPriceChng%Chng