scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Saturday, June 25, 2022

India reduces gap between second Covid shot, booster dose for those travelling abroad

With Thursday’s decision, Indians travelling abroad don't need to wait for nine months after the administration of the second dose to access the precautionary dose.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 13, 2022 1:40:18 am
A health worker prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Agartala. (Express Photo: Abhisek Saha, File)

Indian citizens and students travelling abroad can soon take the third precautionary dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 as per the travel guidelines of the destination country, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced Thursday.

“Indian citizens & students travelling overseas can now take the precaution dose as required by the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the CoWIN portal,” tweeted Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

At present, in India, the third precaution dose of Covid-19 vaccines has been made available to the 18+ population groups at private vaccination centres. However, according to the current guidelines, only those adults who have completed nine months after the administration of the second dose would be eligible for the precaution dose.

However, with Thursday’s decision, Indians travelling abroad don’t need to wait for nine months after the administration of the second dose to access the precautionary dose.

Best of Express Premium
Need to accelerate reform pace in energy transition: CEO, Niti AayogPremium
5G: All spectrum may not get sold; govt stares at shortfallPremium
We need to formulate a structured gaming law that allows players to enjoy...Premium
UPSC Key-June 24, 2022: Know why ‘Sorrow of Assam’ to ‘Sri La...Premium

According to the official data, 12.21 lakh in the 18-59 age group have received the precautionary dose available at the private vaccination centres. Also, the country administered 2.89 crore precautionary doses to the priority groups—frontline workers, healthcare workers, and the elderly population above the age of 60 years. The precautionary dose for the priority group is available for free at the government vaccination centres.

Express Subscription Check out our special pricing for international readers when the offer lasts

📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

For all the latest Lifestyle News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement