Corbevax: As Covid-19 cases witness spike, India to start mix-and-match booster vaccines from today

corbevax: as covid-19 cases witness spike, india to start mix-and-match booster vaccines from today

corbevax: as covid-19 cases witness spike, india to start mix-and-match booster vaccines from today

New Delhi: Amid a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in several states, India will on Friday start using Corbevax as precaution dose for adults fully-vaccinated with either Covaxin or Covishield vaccines.

The Union Health Minister on Wednesday approved Corbevax as a “heterologous” booster shot for those above 18 years vaccinated with either Covishield or Covaxin.

The gap between Corbevax’s booster dose and the second dose of the either Covaxin or Covishield vaccines will be six months or 26 weeks.

Corbevax, India’s first indigenously developed RBD protein sub-unit vaccine, is currently being used to vaccinate children between 12 to 14 years of age under the COVID-19 immunisation programme.

The ministry approved Corbevax as booster dose on the recommendations made by the COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) last week.

This is the first time a booster dose of a COVID vaccine different from the one used for primary vaccination would be allowed in the country.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a detailed statement, said that there will be no change in the existing guidelines for the homologous precaution doses administered for Covaxin and Covishield vaccines. “In addition to the existing homologous precaution dose, the option of a hetelogous precaution dose with Corbevax would be available to all persons above 18 years of age,” Bhushan said in his letter.

Corbevax got the Drugs Controller General of India’s (DCGI) approval as a precaution dose for those aged 18 and above in June.

The administration of precaution doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities started from January 10.

From March 16, the Centre removed the comorbidity clause making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precaution dose of COVID vaccine.

All aged above 18 years became eligible for precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines from April 10.

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