When Should You Come In For A Second Dose of Covid Vaccination?
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Jun 25, 2021
It does sound like nothing has changed, but current data on this ongoing latest COVID-causing virus and new vaccines are being developed every day, informing us that vaccination is the only way ahead to confront the pandemic and take command of our lives and our world.
Currently, there are two COVID-19 vaccines that are being used in India - Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute of India’s Covishield.
About Covaxin and Covishield
Covaxin has been provided by Hyderabad-based company Bharat Biotech in alliance with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology.
On the other hand, Covishield is a vaccine produced by the Oxford University and pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. Its Indian associate is Pune-based Serum Institute, which has developed the AZD1222 vaccine in India under the brand name Covishield.
What is the time interval between the needed two doses?
The time interval between the first dose and the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has become significant in India, as many recipients are missing the date of the second dose due to the shortage of doses. Recently, the government expert committee suggested that the time interval between the two doses of Covishield can be further extended from four to eight weeks to twelve to sixteen weeks.
Read more to know before taking the second dose of vaccination
1. When should you take the second dose?
In general, an interval of a minimum of 28 days is recommended between two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. But for Covishield, the vaccine, which is developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by its Indian partner- Pune’s Serum Institute- the gap has been updated based on “developing scientific evidence”. When India began the vaccination drive in January, the suggested gap was about four to six weeks. In March, the interval period was reviewed and extended to four to eight weeks. But, now, the expert committee has again suggested increasing the gap to twelve to sixteen weeks. Once this recommendation is admitted, the Centre will notify the states and the UTs accordingly. Till then, the current dose gap will continue to be followed.
2. If you had taken the first dose of the vaccine and then got the virus after a few weeks, when are you valid for a second dose?
People who have contracted with COVID once tend to have immunity or protection for about three months. If you have received the first dose of the vaccine and have COVID after then, it’s very much probable that COVID itself acts as a promoter to the first vaccine. A three-month recommendation for the second shot is fine.
If you get COVID after the second shot, you don’t require it again. You have superior strength and immunity against severe illness. Getting COVID after the second shot is not the worst thing to occur. It’s not as serious as having COVID without vaccination.
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