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India begins revaccination of adults against COVID-19

10.04.2022 108 просмотров

The introduction of a booster dose of the vaccine is carried out in private medical institutions on a paid basis.

India began on Sunday the introduction of a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine to all adult citizens, but so far on a paid basis. As previously announced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, third doses of vaccinations are now available in private medical institutions for a fee for people over 18 years of age.

According to the department, all adult citizens who have passed nine months after second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The booster dose must be administered with the same vaccine as the first two doses - mixing of drugs is not allowed. All vaccinated individuals must be registered on a dedicated CoWIN portal.

Authorities have also said that private vaccination centers can charge no more than 150 rupees (about $2) for immunization services on top of the cost of a booster dose. In addition, a number of local vaccine manufacturers have announced price cuts for their products in order to intensify the revaccination campaign. Thus, the price of the Covishield vaccine, developed by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and produced by the Indian Serum Institute, has been reduced from 600 rupees (about $ 8) to 225 rupees (about $ 3) per dose, and the cost of Covaxin, manufactured by the Indian company Bharat Biotech, has been reduced from 1 200 rupees (about 16 dollars) also up to 225 rupees.

India began to introduce booster doses from January 10 this year, at the first stage only doctors, medical staff, people on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic were eligible for revaccination , as well as residents over 60 years of age with comorbidities. From March 16, eligibility for a booster dose was extended to all adults over 60 years of age. Now in India, all adults who have passed nine months after full vaccination can be revaccinated. 857,071,655 doses of vaccine against coronavirus infection, 1,438,792 doses of vaccines were administered over the past day alone.

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