Scores of beneficiaries are being turned away, saying the second dose will be given at 98- 112 days, unlike 84-112 days after the first dose, making it the first such move to raise the gap between two doses of Covishield.
The centre had recently said that the second dose can be given after 90 days. Both the Centre and the state have adjusted the time gap between two doses of Covishield.
Interestingly all the neighbouring states are still following the 84 days routine for Covishield, including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
While several theories of the gap between two doses of this vaccine are being discussed, experts say that delay may not negatively impact the efficacy of the vaccine. “There is flexibility to adjust the dose gap, but it is important that two doses are taken within prescribed period,” said Dr Subodh Kandamuthan. professor and centre director for health care management at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) Many people who are going to government vaccination centres are being asked to come after completing 98 days of taking first dose of Covishield. “The decision was to be reviewed after third week,” said a health department official, adding that they have not received any fresh communication on this.