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The drive for administering precaution dose to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60-plus individuals commenced on Monday across the country.

The drive for administering precaution dose to the healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60-plus individuals commenced on Monday across the country. The CoWIN portal has sent over one crore reminder messages to the beneficiaries to get the precaution dose.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on this occasion said in a tweet, "The program of giving Precaution Dose on the advice of doctors to healthcare and frontline workers and people of 60+ age is starting from today across the country". He added in the same tweet, "Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi ji, the government is committed to provide additional security cover to healthcare and frontline workers on priority".

Earlier, Vikas Sheel, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission, said that the reminder SMSs have been pushed to more than 1 crore beneficiaries for the precaution dose. The system is ready to welcome beneficiaries at vaccination centres on Monday. The precaution dose will be administered to those who have completed nine months after the second dose. The health ministry had earlier said that the CoWin system will send reminder SMS to those eligible for the precaution dose.

The online booking of appointments for precaution dose through CoWIN portal started from Saturday. However, the ministry has clarified that there would be no need for new registration for precaution dose. The government has also clarified that the precaution dose will be of the same jab as the first and second dose. Those who got Covaxin will get Covaxin and those who got Covishield will get Covishield. (IANS/JB)


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More than 2 crore teens have been inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in India

More than 2 crore teens have been inoculated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, since the beginning of vaccination drive for children aged between 15 to 18 years on January 3.

According to the CoWIN portal, as of now, a total of 2,17,42,837 teens have been vaccinated and the numbers are increasing every minute.

Congratulating the children on the occasion, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted: "Great Going, my Young Friends. Over 2 crore youngsters between the 15-18 age group have received their first dose of COVID19 vaccine in less than a week of vaccination drive for children", said Mandaviya in a tweet.

As per the CoWIN portal, as many as 2,37,67,488 youngsters of 15 to 18 age group have registered for the vaccines so far. As per an estimation, around 7.50 crore teens of this age bracket are in India to whom vaccines will be administered across the country. Out of total, over two crore have received their first dose of the vaccines within the first week of its beginning.

On December 25, the Prime Minister had announced that the vaccination for the 15-18 age group would begin from January 3. As of now only Bharat Biotech's indigenously-made Covaxin will be available for vaccinating this age bracket.

According to the health ministry, additional doses of Covaxin have been sent to the states and Union territories for inoculating this population category.

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1,33,64,030 children have registered so far for the first dose of vaccine.

With the vaccination drive for adolescents entering its third day, as per the Co-WIN portal 1,06,27,277 children in the 15 to 18 years' age group have been vaccinated with the first Covid-19 vaccine dose so far. According to the government's Co-WIN portal, 1,33,64,030 children have registered so far for the first dose of vaccine.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has lauded the spirit of the youngsters for receiving the vaccine and said "superb enthusiasm among 'Young India' for vaccination". "More than 1 crore youngsters between 15-18 years' age group have received first dose of Covid-19 vaccines that, too, on their third day of vaccination drive. I appeal to all eligible young friends to get vaccinated at the earliest," Mandaviya added in a tweet.

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Mix-match of different Covid vaccines is safe and produces higher antibody response

Mix-match of different Covid vaccines is safe and produces higher antibody response, according to a study released by AIG Hospitals here on Monday. The study, led by AIG Hospitals and researchers from the Asian Healthcare Foundation, sought to determine the safety profile of mixing Covishield and Covaxin, as well as explore the antibody response.

While the study "conclusively showed that mixing of vaccines is absolutely safe", the spike-protein neutralising antibodies in the mixed vaccine groups were found to be significantly higher than the same-vaccine groups. The team included 330 healthy volunteers who were not vaccinated and had no history of Covid infection. Of these, 44 (approximately 13 per cent) participants were found to be seronegative, that is, they didn't have Covid-related antibodies, while the rest 87 per cent were found to have Covid-related antibodies. "One of the incidental findings of the study is the seropositivity among our population. About 87 per cent participants who didn't get vaccinated and never tested positive for Covid had the Covid-related antibodies. This means our population might have developed significant antibodies against the Covid because of the huge Delta wave that we endured," said Dr D Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman, AIG Hospitals, in a statement.

The team divided the 44 participants into two four groups: people who took first and second dose of Covishield, people who took first and second dose of Covaxin, people who took first dose of Covishield and second dose of Covaxin, and lastly, people who took first dose of Covaxin and second dose of Covishield.

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