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'Precaution dose' for healthcare workers and people above 60 with co-morbidities: PM Modi

PM siad that healthcare workers and senior citizens facing co-morbidities will have the option to go for a "precaution dose" of COVID-19 on the advice of their doctors.

Edited by: Paras Bisht @ParasBisht15 New Delhi Updated on: December 26, 2021 0:05 IST
'Precaution dose' for healthcare staff, people over 60
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'Precaution dose' for healthcare staff, people over 60

Highlights

  • 'Precaution dose' denotes a third dose of the vaccine for the fully vaccinated'
  • PM Modi refrained from using the term "booster dose", as it is generally referred

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that vaccination against COVID-19 for healthcare and frontline workers would be administered from January 10. The announcement comes amid rising Covid cases linked to the Omicron variant of the virus.

In an address to the nation, he said the precaution dose will also be available for citizens above 60 years of age and with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year as well.

The precaution dose denotes a third dose of the vaccine for the fully vaccinated but Modi refrained from using the term "booster dose", as it is generally referred to.

Modi's address came on a day officials said the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted emergency use authorisation to indigenously-developed Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children above 12 years with certain conditions.

It is the second vaccine to receive the regulator's nod for use among those below 18 years after Zydus Cadila's needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D.

Also Read | PM Modi announces COVID vaccination for children aged 15-18 years from Jan 3

 

 

 

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