Health Ministry Reduces COVID-19 Booster Dose Gap To 6 Months

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The Union health ministry on Wednesday reduced the duration between the second dose and the precaution third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine from 9 months to 6 months for people above 18 years.

On Wednesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the states that a decision has been taken to administer the precaution third dose to the adult population after completion of six months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose.

At present, precaution dose is available free of cost at government vaccination centres to the priority groups -the frontline workers, healthcare workers, and the elderly population aged above 60 years. For those aged 18-59, the precaution dose is available only at private vaccination centres.

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