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Indian Scientists Say COVID-19 Booster Dose Should Be Taken 9 Months After Full Vaccination

2 years agoMon, 13 Dec 2021 08:14:18 GMT
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Indian Scientists Say COVID-19 Booster Dose Should Be Taken 9 Months After Full Vaccination

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed a Parliamentary committee that COVID-19 booster doses should be taken after nine months of full vaccination.

India Today reports that the ICMR chief Balram Bhargava claimed that a booster shot can be given nine months after both doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered.

While in a recent study, a team of ICMR scientists suggested the use of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot, noting a reduction in efficacy against the Delta derivatives. An excerpt from the paper reads:

Our findings suggest that the Covishield vaccine was able to neutralize Delta derivatives and prevent serious disease and fatality among breakthrough cases. A booster dose vaccination of Covid-19 naïve vaccinees would achieve a protective immune response to fight against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.

Speaking on booster doses, India’s Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia said they have two expert groups in the country, who advise them on vaccination. 

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Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has already started administering booster doses for frontline workers and citizens with chronic diseases.  

A booster shot occurs when a vaccinated individual is further jabbed to increase their immunity.

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