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Govt considering Covid-19 vaccine booster dose for Indians travelling overseas

Official sources said on Saturday that the government may soon allow a precautionary dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine for those traveling abroad to participate in education, employment, sports and official or business commitments.

He said there are also discussions going on whether travelers going abroad who have taken booster doses should get the shot at private immunization centers and pay for it.

Currently, healthcare and frontline workers and people above the age of 60 are being given a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

With international flights scheduled to resume from Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs recently highlighted the travel restrictions being implemented by some countries in view of the need for a third/booster dose and how it could affect the essential travel of Indian travelers. A source with knowledge of the matter told PTI.

The Union Health Ministry has also learned that representations have been received to allow the administration of precautionary doses for those wishing to participate in employment opportunities, educational purpose or official/business commitments etc.

“In view of these, the Ministry of Health is actively considering allowing booster/precautionary doses of COVID vaccine for those who wish to travel abroad for jobs, admission to foreign educational institutions, participation in sports tournaments. , as part of India in bilateral, multilateral meetings. To participate in official delegations or business commitments,” an official source told PTI.

No official instructions have been issued in this regard by the Union Health Ministry so far.

Dosage prioritization and sequencing will be based on completion of nine months from the date of administration of the second dose as per extant guidelines.

The countrywide vaccination campaign was launched on January 16, 2021, in which healthcare workers were vaccinated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination began on March 1 last year for people above 60 years of age and 45 years and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

India started vaccination for all people above 45 years of age from 1st April last year.

Following this, the government decided to expand its vaccination campaign by allowing everyone over the age of 18 to be vaccinated against the viral disease from May 1 last year.

The next phase of vaccination began on January 3 this year for adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years.

India began giving a precautionary dose of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and people aged 60 and above from January 10 this year.

The vaccination of Kovid-19 for children of 12 to 14 years started from March 16 this year.

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