Kohima, May 20 (NEx): The Health & Family Welfare Department, Nagaland, on Thursday, May 20th, 2021, issued revised guidelines for COVID-19 second dose of Vaccination.
The department in reference to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, notified that the appointment of vaccination for 2nd dose is rescheduled at 12-16 weeks/84 days, and the revised guidelines is issued as and when adequate scientific data is available with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi.
The department informed that the following changes are made in the COVID-19 Vaccination programme with immediate affect;
-The schedule for second dose Vaccination of COVIDSHIELD Vaccine has been revised to 12 to 16 weeks for better antibody response and protection. Anyone who has already received the first dose will receive the second dose only at 12-16 weeks and appointment for second dose will not be possible before 84 days.
-Beneficiaries who have already booked for second dose online before 84 days in COWIN may reschedule their appointments for a later date between 12-16 weeks. However, if the beneficiary insists on second dose vaccination as scheduled, he/ she may be allowed the 2nd dose vaccination before 84 days but this is strictly for beneficiaries who have made a prior online appointment in COWIN.
-Further, online or on-site appointments will not be possible if the period after 1st dose date for a beneficiary is less than 84 days with effect from May 20th, 2021.
Earlier, the second dose of vaccine was administered to beneficiaries after the 28th day of first vaccine.