With the government offering precautionary doses free of cost at the government hospitals, there has been reported a spike in the number of booster doses.
The Delhi government had written to the Union Health Ministry, saying that the uptake of precaution doses at private COVID vaccination centres was not very promising.
More than 1.5 lakh people are eligible for precautionary dose vaccination in the city and this number is expected to double in the next 10 days, said city corporation officials.
Delhi on Monday recorded 17 deaths for the second consecutive day and the ICU beds also witnessed a steady rise with 443 patients, an increase of 133 patients from Sunday.
Healthcare and frontline workers and those above 60 years with underlying illnesses — but not needing doctors’ certificates — were declared qualified for the third dose.
To control the rise in cases, all efforts are being made to draw a maximum number of people to vaccination centres. There are sufficient doses available, he said.
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As many as 19,549 health workers, 2,635 Covid frontline workers and 8,711 senior citizens with co-morbidities took the vaccine.
Those who’ve received Covaxin will receive Covaxin, those who’ve received primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield, said VK Paul, member-health, NITI Aayog.
The Hyderabad-based manufacturer has proposed the booster dose for those who have been already been innoculated against COVID with Covishield and Covaxin vaccines.
Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray tweeted he was glad the government accepted his suggestion regarding booster doses in his letter to the union health minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday announced a 'precaution vaccine dose' for healthcare and frontline workers and those above 60 with co-morbidities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday night, announced that a "precaution dose" for healthcare and frontline workers would be administered from January 10.
Government's scientific groups deliberating on need for booster dose of COVID-19 amid growing Omicron cases in India
Addressing a press conference, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said discussions are going on to look at different aspects of booster dose.