The Central government on Thursday decided to extend the gap between the two doses of the Covishield vaccine from 6-8 weeks to 12-6 weeks.
Meanwhile, the gap between Covaxin doses remains unchanged. As the gap between two doses of Covaxin remains 28-42 days.
The government said in its statement that based on available real-life evidence, particularly from the United Kingdom, the COVID-19 Working Group has agreed to increase the dosing interval between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks. No change in intervals for Covaxin was recommended.
"The gap between two doses of Covishield Vaccine has been increased to 12-16 weeks from 6-8 weeks currently," tweeted Dr Harsh Vardhan. He further added that "the decision has been taken based on recommendations given by the COVID working group after analysing emerging evidence."
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Gap between 2 doses of #CovishieldVaccine has been increased to 12-16 weeks from 6-8 weeks currently.— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) May 13, 2021
Decision has been taken based on recommendations given by COVID working group after analysing emerging evidence.@PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA #Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/kRbbjxGKSJ
The changes were approved by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration, which is led by NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul on Wednesday.
Giving a long gap between the two doses will be helpful to the government as Indians are facing a shortage of doses of both Covisheid and Covaxin.
The government panel had also suggested that pregnant women may be offered the choice of taking any Covid-19 vaccine.