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The gap between the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and the booster dose should be 6 months and it improves the immunity of the human body against the infection of coronavirus. The time was reduced from the currently stipulated gap of 9 months.
It was recommended by Dr.Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chairman of the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) national task force on coronavirus.
As the Government has allowed the administration of booster dose after a gap of nine months, the health experts suggested a gap between the second dose and precautionary dose increases immunity and reduces the number of infections and severity of the disease. Vaccination with both the booster dose and the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will reduce the number of infections and the severity of the disease.
To protect against COVID-19, multiple layers of protection like vaccines or masks or covid appropriate behavior is needed to be followed to be protected from getting infected.
In the month of April 2022, the Union Health Ministry launched the precautionary third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the 18-plus population at private vaccination centers. As per the ministry’s direction, if a person is above 18 years of age and completed 9-months of the second dose of vaccination, he/she is eligible for the precaution dose.
As per the Ministry’s order, the private COVID-19 vaccination centers can charge the service charge up to a maximum of Rs.150 above the cost of the precaution dose but the precaution dose will be free to the senior citizens, healthcare workers, and frontline workers.