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India starts administering precaution dose of Covid vaccine to all adults above 18 years

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Starting from yesterday – Sunday, India has started administering precaution doses of Covid vaccines to all adults.  People aged above 18 years and who have also completed nine months after taking the second dose have been given the jab at private vaccination centres.  

All states and UTs have been informed by t

The Centre has informed all states and UTs that people will get inoculated with the precaution dose of the same vaccine that they have taken in the past.  Not just this, it has also said that the private vaccination centres can levy a maximum service charge of Rs 150 per dose over and above the cost of the vaccine.  

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan informed that no fresh registrations would be needed for administration of the precaution dose as all the due beneficiaries are already registered on CoWIN.  The official had also held an orientation meeting of all health secretaries of states and UTs on Saturday.  

All vaccinations should be recorded mandatorily on the CoWIN platform. Both the options of ‘Online appointment’ and ‘Walk-in’ registration and vaccination can be provided at the private Covid vaccination centres (CVCs). They will also have to maintain vaccination sites as per the guidelines.   

“They can charge up to a maximum of Rs 150 per dose as service charge for vaccination over and above the cost of the vaccine. Administration of precaution dose will be homologous i.e. same vaccine type will be used for precaution dose which was used for vaccination of first and second dose,” Bhushan said.  

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