Vaccination after 3 months of recovery from COVID19: Government

National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has shared fresh recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccination with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  19 May 2021 2:38 PM GMT
Vaccination after 3 months of recovery from COVID19: Government

Hyderabad: Vaccination for COVID19 can be taken three months after recovery instead of the usual 45 days, the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) has shared fresh recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccination with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Also, for the individuals who have received at least the 1st dose and got COVID-19 infection before completion of the dosing schedule: the 2nd dose should be deferred by 3 months after clinical recovery from COVID-19 illness.

COVID-19 patients who have been given anti-SARS-2 monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma for them also COVID-19 vaccination to be deferred by 3 months from the date of discharge from the hospital.

Apart from these SARS-CoV-2 persons with any other serious general illness requiring hospitalization or ICU care should also wait for 4-8 weeks before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

These recommendations have been based on the evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging global scientific evidence & experience.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has accepted these recommendations and has communicated these to the States and UTs also

The center also said that an individual can donate blood after 14 days of either receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine or testing RT-PCR negative if suffering from COVID-19 disease.

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all lactating women.

There is no requirement for screening of the vaccine recipients by rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to COVID-19 vaccination.

Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination of pregnant women, the matter is under discussion and further deliberation by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).

The Union Health Ministry has written to States and UTs to direct the concerned officials to take note of these recommendations and undertake necessary action for their effective implementation. States have been advised to ensure effective dissemination of the information to service providers as well as the general public, through use of all channels of information and communication in the local languages. States have also been advised to undertake the training of the vaccination staff at all levels.


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