Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
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)
(Keywords: Coronavirus, Delta, Omicron, Variant, Infection, Vaccine, Covishield, Covaxin, Dose, Precaution)
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.
Keywords: Health, Fitness, Covid-19, Vaccine, Covaxin, Covishield, India, Teens, Children)
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.
Also Read : Thai teen charged for offending monarchy
As of now, only Bharat Biotech's indigenously-made Covaxin is available for vaccinating the 15-18 years' age group. According to the Health Ministry, additional doses of Covaxin will be sent to the states and UTs for administering the vaccine to this population category. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on December 25 that vaccination for the 15-18 years' age group will begin from January 3.
The vaccination process for a third precautionary dose of vaccine for health workers, frontline workers and vulnerable senior citizens will begin from January 10. (IANS/SP)
(Keywords : vaccination, drive, adolescents, Co-WIN, portal, youngsters, Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, Covaxin, Bharat Biotech, population, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, precautionary, health, vulnerable.)
- Social Media Impacting The Attitude of Teenagers Towards Their ... ›
- Self-Injury May be Contagious Among Teenagers: Study ... ›
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.
The study sought to determine the safety profile of mixing Covishield and Covaxin.Photo by Pixabay
The team followed all the participants for 60 days and found none of the participants developed any adverse effect. The Omicron variant is considered to have more than 30 mutations in the spike protein, which enables it to evade vaccines as well as spread faster. According to the study, mixing different vaccines can help tackle the new variant much more effectively than two-doses that have shown to be ineffective. "Spike-protein neutralising antibodies are the ones which kill the virus and reduce the overall infectivity. We found that when the first and second dose are of different vaccines, the spike-protein antibody response is four times higher compared to two-dose of the same vaccine," Dr Reddy said.
"This is particularly important when considering the third booster dose. The concept of a booster is to elicit robust antibody response and help in killing the virus. Mixed doses can certainly boost these spike-protein neutralising antibodies and will enhance the vaccines' effectiveness even against the Omicron variant," he said.
The researchers have shared the data from the study with the Indian Council for Medical Research to be considered as a reference study while deciding on the "Prevention" doses starting January 10.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last week, announced that healthcare/frontline workers, as well as elderly population (aged more than 60) with comorbidities, will get a precautionary dose from January 10 onwards.
(Keywords: Coronavirus, Pandemic, Vaccines, Narendra Modi, Healthcare Workers, Covid-19, Covaxin, Covishield)
- India Willing To Share Covid Vaccine With Canada - NewsGram ... ›
- Europe rolls out Covid vaccine for kids aged 5-11 - NewsGram ... ›
- Current vaccines effective against severe Omicron cases : Study - NewsGram - Lens to India from Abroad ›
- Fresh Registration Not Needed For Precautionary Vaccine - NewsGram - Lens to India from Abroad ›
- Lab leak debate shut down as it could 'cause harm to China' - NewsGram - Lens to India from Abroad ›