Second dose of corona vaccine will be given in 8 weeks

FILE PHOTO: A farmworker is inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine as health professions come out to the farming community to deliver vaccinations during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mecca, California, U.S., February 1, 2021. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

Kathmandu: The Ministry of Health and Population has decided to give a second dose of vaccine against Covid 19 between 8 and 12 weeks.

The Covid-19 Vaccination Technical Advisory Committee had suggested to the Ministry to give the second vaccine within 8 to 12 weeks of the first vaccination.

“We have accepted the offer and will issue a notice when the second dose is imposed,” a health ministry spokesperson DrJageshwar Gautam said.

Earlier, the ministry had said that the second dose would be given 28 days after the first dose. Head of Child Welfare and Immunization Division under Health Services Department Dr. According to Jhalak Gautam, the proposal was based on the decision of the World Health Organization’s Committee on Vaccine Experts. The committee has decided that the second dose will be effective within 8 to 12 weeks of the first vaccination.

The slower the second dose of vaccine, the more effective the antibody will be in the body. Shyamraj Upreti explains. “The committee had not decided that we should apply the second dose after 28 days. According to the latest revised decision, we have recommended this to the ministry,” he said.

According to Upreti, the effects of the first dose of the vaccine are less visible when the second dose is given. He also said that the covishield vaccine would reduce the mortality and complications caused by corona. He said, “People who have been vaccinated should be relocated even if they are not seriously affected by the infection, so public health standards should be followed.”

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