In a major decision, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday announced that the precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to 18+ population group.
The administration of precaution dose to those above the age of 18 years will be through private vaccination centres and the drive would start from April 10, 2022.
As per the official sources, all the people who are above 18 and have completed 9 months after the administration of second dose, would be eligible for precaution dose. This facility would be available in all private vaccination centres.
“About 96% of all 15+ population in the country have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose while about 83% of 15+ population has received both the doses,” a PIB release read.
More than 2.4 crore precaution doses have been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60+ population group. 45% of 12 to 14 years age group have also received the first dose.
“The ongoing free vaccination programme through government vaccination centres for first and second doses to the eligible population as well as precaution dose to healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60+ population would continue and would be accelerated,” the release added.