- Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Luv Aggarwal said, Corona vaccine can give protection for 6-9 months
- Aggarwal said that a booster dose of corona vaccine can be given if it is necessary from the point of view of evidence.
- Aggarwal said that there are some obstacles in the door-to-door vaccination, but the facility of vaccination has been started near the house.
In response to the question of how long the corona vaccine will protect, the Ministry of Health has said that protection can be given for 6 to 9 months. Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, Luv Aggarwal said that people can also be given a booster dose of the corona vaccine if necessary from the point of view of this evidence. Aggarwal said that if people followed the rules properly, there would not be more cases in the third wave.
Aggarwal said that if effective containment strategies and appropriate COVID practices are followed, the number of cases in the third wave will not be to such an extent that the health system is under pressure. Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that so far 2.2 percent of India’s population has been affected by this disease.
“We must still take precautions to protect the 97 percent of the population at risk or vulnerable,” he said. We cannot reduce our security measures, so a constant focus on prevention is important. “If we follow prevention and proper handling of COVID, even if there is a third wave, the number of cases will not be high enough to put the health system under pressure,” Agarwal said.
Aggarwal said that one of the challenges facing the anti-Covid vaccination program is the hesitation about vaccination. He said that many beneficiaries, especially in rural and tribal areas, are not taking the vaccine due to myths, rumours, misinformation and propaganda being shared on social media about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It is important to break myths, but it is also important to remind communities about the role of appropriate covid behavior in breaking the chain of virus transmission,” he said.
Agarwal was speaking at a media workshop organized by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Health to dispel myths about vaccines and immunizations and the importance of COVID Appropriate Practices (CAB).
Responding to a question on the effectiveness of the ‘cocktail vaccine’ or mixing different vaccine doses, senior ministry official Veena Dhawan said that the vaccines are not “interchangeable” as per the available evidence. A complete analysis is yet to be done on this subject, he said. Cocktail vaccination is not to be done and we should take the same vaccine doses.’
On adverse effects after vaccination, Dhawan said that the first 30 minutes after vaccination are crucial. “That’s why people are kept under surveillance. Severe or severe side effects are mostly observed in the first 30 minutes.’
On the question of how long the vaccines will be effective, Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that it is believed that the vaccines will give protection for 6-9 months. “If the evidence is necessary, a booster dose can be given,” he said.
Dhawan said that the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has recommended COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women. “The vaccination of pregnant women is recommended by the NTAGI and it is going on in other countries as well. We will soon come out with guidelines for the same.
On door-to-door vaccination, the official said that there are some constraints to be considered, due to which it has not been started yet. “Each vial has to be used within four hours and that can be difficult,” he said. There will also be a problem in monitoring the beneficiaries, therefore, door-to-door vaccination has not been started yet but the facility of vaccination has been started near the door.