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Centre okays booster doses for people aged above 18 years from 10th April, only at private centres

All those above the age of 18 years, who have taken their second dose more than nine months ago, will be eligible for the precaution dose

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Booster or ‘precaution’ dose of COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all aged above 18 years at private vaccination centres from 10th April, the health ministry announced yesterday.

All those above the age of 18 years, who have taken their second dose more than nine months ago, will be eligible for the precaution dose, it said.

“It has been decided that the precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to the 18-plus population group at private vaccination centres. This facility would be available at all private vaccination centres,” the ministry said.

So far, about 96 per cent of all 15-plus population in the country has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while about 83 per cent have received both doses, it stated.

More than 2.4 crore precaution doses have also been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those aged above 60 years. Besides, 45 per cent of beneficiaries in the 12-14 years age group have also received the first dose, the ministry said.

The ongoing free vaccination programme through government vaccination centres for the first and the second dose to the eligible population as well as the precaution dose to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years, would continue and be accelerated, the ministry stated.

Edits by EP News Bureau

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