No booster dose plan yet, says Centre | India News – Times of India

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The government is not planning to mandate booster doses against Covid-19 yet. Top officials in the health ministry told TOI the government is constantly monitoring the Covid trend and evidence available so far does not support the need to mandate booster doses.
“Most people testing positive for Covid-19, including those found positive for the infection caused by the new sub-variant JN.1, have mild symptoms. They are recovering at home. This shows that previous infection and vaccination is sufficient to prevent serious illness in case of re-infection with Covid-19,” a senior health ministry official said.
Nearly 220 crore vaccine doses have been administered in India in the population above 12 years of age since January 2021, according to government data. Out of the total doses administered, first dose coverage is close to 97% and second dose coverage is 90%. However, the coverage of booster dose or third dose is around 20-25%.
Dr N K Mehra, honorary emeritus scientist of ICMR also advised against any mandate for booster doses. “JN.1, the new sub-variant, is also an offshoot of the Omicron variant. It is unlikely to cause any serious infection in many people since most of us are already exposed to it,” he said.


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