Booster dose issue divides Maharashtra leaders

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Ministers in Maharashtra seem to have divergent views on a booster dose for countering Covid-19. On Monday, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar seemed to question the need for a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, saying that all those who have been infected by the new Omicron variant had received both doses of the vaccine.

“A lot of people who have been infected have taken both doses, so do we need to take the booster,” said Pawar. “The country has lots of doses, but a decision to take this or not has to be taken at the national level… If there is a need to take the booster, they need to explain the reasons, and if they recommend not taking, then too reasons have to be given.”

The state’s health minister, Rajesh Tope, on the other hand, said the state government would be asking the Centre for booster doses. “The state government would be insisting that booster doses should be given, and not just that, even young children (below 18) should be vaccinated,” said Tope.

Health experts in Maharashtra India say the next surge in Covid-19 in the country could see more children getting affected. A state official, however, told ET young children were infected with the earlier Covid variants too, and till now there is no study to indicate that Omicron affects children more. Pawar has insisted on the need for Centre to take a “strong stand” on the issue of infected arrivals on international flights.

Meanwhile, as per a news agency report, for the third consecutive day, Maharashtra reported cases of Omicron, with two more in Mumbai taking the state’s tally to 10, health officials said on Monday.

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