Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has begun working on Sputnik Light vaccine, which is designed to work with all anti-Covid vaccines including Covishield and Covaxin.
“Since many private hospitals are awaiting refund instead of additional vaccines, they have no choice but to pass on the cost to patients,” Rajashekar said.
Dr Kang said beyond six months of getting jabbed, protection falls rapidly and a booster dose after that can provide 80 per cent protection against severe disease.
The government hopes to provide 21 million booster shots in January to people who received their second jabs at least six months ago.
Booster dose gives high levels of protection against infections from Omicron in older adults: UK study
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) analysis showed that around three months after the third jab, protection against hospitalisation among those aged 65 and over remains at about 90 per cent.
Online registration is mandatory in the GHMC and 12 other municipal corporations. Vaccination at government hospitals is free of cost, while private hospitals are permitted to charge Rs 1,400 per dose
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a "tidal wave" of the highly transmissible variant on its way as he issued an urgent televised address.
The current rules: People who initially received Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations are eligible for a booster six months later if they’re 65 or older, or are at high risk of COVID-19.
Experts say no clarity on who needs it and when, no data on waning immunity, deaths
The European Medicines Agency said the booster doses may be considered at least 6 months after the second dose for people aged 18 years and older."