Bengaluru: Second dose of Covishield after 12 weeks, says workforce


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, May 16: The interval for getting a second dose of the Covid vaccine has been extended again. Covishield vaccine will be administered after 12 weeks of getting the first dose. In the case of Covaxin, the minimum gap between the first and the second dose has been maintained as six weeks.

This decision was taken at the meeting of coronavirus workforce held here on Saturday May 15. Based on the stock position, the workforce will decide on vaccinating the 18-44 age group force later.

The workforce has found some solutions to handle prevailing problems relating to vaccinating the people. Henceforth, Covaxin will be administered only as the second dose and this will be given to those who got the first dose over six weeks back. In the case of those who have crossed the age of 45, Covishield vaccine will be administered on priority. The second dose will be given only after the completion of 12 weeks from the first dose. This was stated by deputy chief minister and president of Covid workforce, Dr Ashwath Narayan.

He stated that the workforce will decide on the date from which the vaccination programme for the 18-44 age group can be begiun, based on the positin of stock. "An app is being developed for this purpose. Once it is linked to the Cowin portal, we will start vaccinating people in this age group," he explained. He said that discussions were also held about extending vaccination programme to the frontline workers and those working in essential services.

The minister said that the vaccination programme will be undertaken in spacious school buildings, playgrounds of schools, stadiums etc as administering of vaccines in primary health centres and hospitals is improper because of the risk of spread of infection. He said that the workforce has decided to cover people who have been handling the funerals of the deceased Covid patients as frontline workers and cover them under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana insurance.

On the oxygen front, the DCM said that new oxygen policy will be framed within four to five days covering production of oxygen in the state, use, installation of basic infrastructure development units, oxygen generator, bottling units, generator maintenance etc. The workforce also decided to use a thousand machines developed by DRDO for regulating oxygen usage on an experimental basis. He said that 900 automatic machines (Rs 10,000) and 100 manual machines (Rs 6,000) will be produced and installed in nine districts which do not have oxygen bottling units.

Dr Ashwath Narayan also said that it has been decided to discontinue home isolation in slums of rural and urban areas, adding that all the infectd people from these places will be shifted to Covid care centres.

 

  

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  • Omar, Mysore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Aab na roti fikr hai, na rozgar ki talaash hai Desh uss Daur mein hai, Jaha Zinda rahna hi Vikaas hai😂😂😂

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  • Dr Krishna Kumar, Bangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    People need to follow government/Medical advice. Unnecessary certain groups are creating confusion and fear. Be safe..keep safe..stay Home.

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  • Alphonse Rodrigues, Udupi

    Sun, May 16 2021

    545 ಸಂಸದರು * * 245 ರಾಜ್ಯಸಭಾ ಸಂಸದರು * * ದೇಶಾದ್ಯಂತ 4120 ಶಾಸಕರು * ಅವರು ತಲಾ 5 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ನೀಡಿದರೂ, 2,455,000,000,000 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ * 2 ಬಿಲಿಯನ್ 45 ಕೋಟಿ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ * ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು * ಭಾರತೀಯ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಬಲವಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ * ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ಜನರಿಗಾಗಿ ಯಾರು ಮುಂದೆ ಬರುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ನೋಡುವ ಸಮಯ ಇದೀಗ ನಾನು ಭಾರತೀಯ ನಾಗರಿಕನಾಗಿ ಅಂತಹ ವಿನಂತಿಯನ್ನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಈ ಜನರೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಹೌದು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದರೆ, ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿಯೂ ನಮ್ಮದೇ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೇವೆ.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Raju, Kudla Are you representing WHO or Health ministry ? The world over governments and health organisstios are making it a necessary step to protect or build badly needed huminity in ones body. If you want some silver line in dark clouds take necessary precaution to protect your self. Never gamble or take tglhe pandemic lightly. Life is precious and do not go by your choice or option. Rest is your pride. Just wait and see how you will realize your hollow pride.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Originally, the gap between 1st and 2nd jab supposed to be 3 weeks and because of short supply the the gap is oncreased 3 months ? Strange isnt it ? How far it is on track on medical grounds.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Originally, the gap between 1st and 2nd jab supposed to be 3 weeks and because of short supply the the gap is oncreased 3 months ? Strange isnt it ? How far it is on track on medical grounds.

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  • Raju, Karkala

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Vaccine is optional. If you are not convinced with Government decision, don't take.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, May 17 2021

    Flavian Mangalore ,kuwait,As far as I know three weeks are too less between two vaccination.Because they say it after the first vaccination ,has to be time provided to develope the reaction or action,our body must give time.More I cant say.But here we everyone have given the time exact 5-6weeks between two.for age +70.Now they are thinking of giving to children .But 12 weeks are bit too long.In between one can get infected.same thing happened to one family.One 80years old had to take 2nd vaccine only 2or3days left.In this time family got infected.He too got it died within few days even ICU didnt help.may be he had neglected first .His wife first and he second.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Abandon the Central Vista Project & divert funds towards Hospitals, Oxygen & Vaccines ...

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Sun, May 16 2021

    All are important projects. Central vista, NRC, Uniform Civil Code, Population control policy, vaccine

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Better discard it totally than spreading mutants to unvaccinated! and raising death and infection tolls

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  • William DSouza, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Govt is truly playing with the lives of people... Without any scientific knowledge keeps on changing the period between the two doses.... Still we keep on and on trust the government.? !!!!

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  • Sumith, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Mr William and Mr Davis do u think european countries government are also playing with lives of people?? Kindly check facts before commenting something. It's been scientifically proven that by increasing the gap between first and second and dose of AstraZeneca (Covishield in India) efficacy increases, european count ries have been doing the same. Well sadly our government realised it later. Developing a vaccine in short period of time is a very difficult task, still there are lots of research going on. So we hear lot's of changes in vaccine, treatment for covid and all.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    @sumith, it is very clear from da indian govt., point of view, becoz of non availability of vaccines da 2nd dose vaccine period was increased, not the europeans. v r not bhaktas 2 believe u & your lying govt.,

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 16 2021

    First they started with Rs. 15 Lacks ...

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  • Guru, Mulki

    Sun, May 16 2021

    Only for Tax Payers.

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    What about 2nd dose covexin? Now it is more than 50 days since 1st dose. I guess the govt will decide now sfter 3 months is ok because it is not available..

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    the extended period between 1st dose to 2nd dose is not at da benefit of individuals, people's, but 1nly 2 cover-up non availability, shortage of vaccines in India. da vaccines we're freely supplied 2 foreigners. 4 Indians 1nly babaaji ka tullu. failure of govt., lethargic & negligent govt.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Sun, May 16 2021

    The interval is decided on the basis of availability of vaccine.

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