States including Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka recorded precaution dose coverage of 13 per cent, 13 per cent, 16 per cent, 19 per cent and 20 per cent of their eligible population, respectively.
With 609 infections, the bulk of cases have been reported from quarantine while the rest 434 are local transmission cases. As many as 100 cases have also been detected among 0-18-year-olds.
The Union Health Ministry said that as per the recommendation, it has been decided all beneficiaries from 18-59 years will be administered the booster after completion of 6 months or 26 weeks from the date of administration of 2nd dose.
The US has already approved the fourth dose for immunocompromised people, such as those living with HIV or certain transplant recipients. Other countries that have approved the fourth shot include the UK, Chile.
A top Odisha health official on Saturday said that the booster or third dose of Covid-19 vaccine may be required to people as per the standards fixed by the National Taskforce On Immunisation and not the entire vaccinated population.