Covid-19 Booster Doses: The Covid-19 vaccine will be given out without charge as a preventative dosage to anyone in the age range of 18 to 59 starting on July 15. The complimentary dosages will be offered at government vaccination facilities. As part of the government’s “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” to commemorate India’s 75th anniversary of independence, the drive will be held.
“India is honouring its 75th anniversary of independence. Anurag Thakur, a union minister, announced the decision at a cabinet meeting. “It has been decided that on the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Kaal, citizens above the age of 18 will be provided booster dosages free of cost from July 15, 2022, for the following 75 days.
The initiative aims to increase the consumption of Covid precaution dosages. Less than 1% of the 77 crore-strong target population in the 18- to 59-year-old age range have received the precautionary dose to date.
An official source reported that the booster dose has been administered to about 26% of the estimated 16 crore eligible people aged 60 and over as well as healthcare and frontline personnel.
“Most Indians had their second dose more than nine months ago. Studies conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and other international research organisations have indicated that antibody levels with both doses begin to decline about six months following the main immunisation. The immunological response is increased by delivering a booster, the official stated.
As a result, he explained, “the government is intending to launch a special drive for 75 days during which people aged 18 to 59 years will receive preventive doses for free at government vaccination centres starting on July 15.”
The government’s decision to provide free preventive doses to all adults over the age of 18 will increase vaccination rates in India and lead to a healthier nation, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi stated in a tweet that vaccinations are a powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19. The Cabinet’s decision today will increase immunisation rates in India and make the country healthier. According to an official source, less than 1% of the target population of 77.10 crore people between the ages of 18 and 59 have received the precautionary dose thus far. On April 10, India started giving COVID-19 vaccination prophylactic doses to all adults over the age of 18.
The interval between the second and precautionary injection of the Covid-19 vaccine for all beneficiaries was shortened last week by the Union Health Ministry from nine to six months. The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization had recommended this (NTAGI).
Currently, the two-month programme is under progress. Government statistics show that 96% of India’s population has received the first dose of the Covid vaccination, and 87% of people have received both doses.
India started giving preventive doses of the Covid-19 vaccination to all adults over the age of 18 on April 10 of this year. Healthcare workers received vaccinations as part of the initial phase of the nation-wide vaccination campaign, which began on January 16 of last year. Front-line employees began receiving vaccinations on February 2 of last year.