Frontlineand healthcare workers and citizens above the age of 60 and with co-morbidities are now eligible for the precautionary thirddose of the vaccine.
The number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the Omicron variant are on a fast rise. Many state governments have already imposed night and weekend curfews to curb the spreading virus.
Teens in the age group of 15-17 years started receiving their first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 from the previous Monday, January 3.
The administration of the precautionary COVID-19 booster doses to all the health and frontline workers and immuno-compromised seniors in India, begins today.
The co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic ailments will get the option of getting the dose on the advice of their doctor.
Those who are eligible for the 3rd jab can directly take an appointment or walk into any vaccination centre.
The government has advised a minimum gap of 9 months between the second and the third dose.
There will be no mix and match of the vaccines: This means if you have received Covishield as the first two doses, then the 3rd dose will also be Covishield. The same rule applies for Covaxin.
Research suggests that getting a booster dose can decrease your risk of infection and severe illness with COVID-19.