MoHFW releases guidelines & advisory for COVID-19 vaccination

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Following the approvals from the Drugs Controller General of India, the vaccines have been allowed for administration from January 16. Therefore, to ensure smooth conduction of the vaccination drive, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) released a set of guidelines and issued advisory on who shall be administered the doses and in case some people are excluded, then under what circumstances would that be.

As per the government announcements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch open India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 16 through video conferencing.

Essentials to remember for India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is only for people who are 18 years and above.

  • The vaccines will be administered in two shots separated by a time frame of 14 days.

  • The second dose should be of the same vaccine that was administered in the first dose. Hence, inter-changing of the vaccines has been prohibited.

  • People with a history of anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine and people who experience immediate or delayed-onset anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to the vaccine or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food items etc., should not be a part of the vaccination drive.

  • Pregnant and lactating women have been kept apart from administration any COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial so far. Therefore, such women should not be administered the COVID-19 vaccine.

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A temporary prohibition from the vaccination is advised at least for 4-8 weeks after recovery in certain conditions like:

  • People showing active symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • Patients suffering from SARS-CoV-2 and who have been given the SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma.

  • Patients who are acutely unwell and hospitalised due to any illness.

The Government of India has plans to vaccinate as many as three crore healthcare workers and the frontline workers. Following these, people who are aged above 50 years and those under 50 years of age but with co-morbidities.

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