According to the government, a precautionary dose reduces the severity of covid infection but does not eliminate it.
With the rapid spread of the extremely contagious Omicron strain of covid-19, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) stated on Thursday that no vaccinations can avoid hospitalisation or death, but they can help to reduce the severity of the disease and mortality.
Vaccination's principal function, according to the ICMR, is disease modification.
"All COVID vaccines, whether from India, Israel, the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, or China, are basically disease-changing," ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava said at a press briefing on India's covid predicament. They have no effect on the spread of infection. The primary goal of the preventive dose is to lessen the severity of infection, hospitalisation, and mortality."
It is critical to use masks both before and after immunisation. People should avoid large gatherings, high-profile events and areas with high foot traffic. The treatment criteria for earlier and current Coronavirus spreading strains are the same. Dr Bhargava noted that home isolation is still a key pillar.
No idea which vaccination should be given as a preventative dose... ICMR
Dr Bhargava stated that on January 10th, clear instructions on vaccines will be issued, as well as precaution dosages for frontline employees and those over the age of 60. Because there are no clear guidelines on which vaccines should be given as a preventive dosage. “We're having a conversation (on which vaccine is a precautionary dose). Yesterday, the day before, and today, I had a series of sessions with NTAGI (National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization). We're figuring out who needs this vaccination, which includes frontline workers, healthcare workers, and people over 60 with comorbidities,” stated Dr Bhargava.
According to the Union Health Ministry’s, minors, healthcare workers and people above 60 years of age will be prioritised for the vaccination. Their prophylactic doses will be sequenced. That’s 39 weeks if you count the nine months since the second dose was given.
"Beginning January 10th, the government will warn the older population to remind them to take a prophylactic dose,” stated the Ministry of Health.
According to the Union Ministry of Health, India reported 13,154 new Covid-19 cases and 268 deaths in the last 24 hours.
There are 961 Omicron cases in total. The cities with the most omicron cases are Delhi (263) and Mumbai (252).
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