Do not cancel existing online reservations for the second dose of Covishield: Government | India News
NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Health on Sunday he clarified that all those people who had already booked online appointments for the second dose of Covishield the vaccine will be able to receive the injection.
The clarification comes after the government accepted a recommendation from an expert panel to increase the time interval between the two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks from the first 6-8 weeks.
The announcement had confused some people who had already received the first shot and had reserved for the second. prick based on recommended duration above.
The Union Ministry of Health said that the necessary changes have now been made to the Co-WIN digital portal, as a result of which no further online or on-site appointments will be possible if the period after the date of the first dose for a recipient is less than 84 days.
“The Government of India has communicated this change to the states and UT. The Co-WIN digital portal has also been reconfigured to reflect this interval extension for two doses of Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) at 12-16 weeks, ”said the ministry.
“However, there have been reports in a section of the media suggesting that people who had previously booked their appointments for the second dose in less than 84 days with Co-WIN are being turned away from vaccination centers without receiving the second dose of Covishield., “it read.
“Also, online appointments already booked for the second dose of Covishield will remain valid and Co-WIN will not cancel them,” he said.
The ministry said states and UT have been told to honor the appointments that have already been made for the second dose before the duration change.
However, the ministry also recommended people who have already booked the second dose to reschedule their appointments for a later date beyond the 84th day from the date of the first dose.
The time interval between the first and second doses of Covaxin remains four weeks.