The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on April 8 that all coronavirus vaccine beneficiaries aged 18 years and above will now be able to get booster doses from April 10 at private vaccination centers.
All adults who have completed nine months since the administration of the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will be allowed to visit private vaccination centers for their third dose or precaution dose from Sunday.
A statement released by the Health Ministry read: “It has been decided that precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to 18+ population group at private vaccination centers.”
It added: “The administration of precaution dose to 18+ population through private vaccination centers would start from April 10 (Sunday), 2022. All those older than 18 years of age and who have completed nine months after administering the second dose would be eligible for the precaution. This facility would be available in all Private Vaccination Centres.
So far, about 96 percent of vaccine beneficiaries aged 15 years and above have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while about 83 percent have received both doses. Over 2.4 crore precaution doses have also been administered to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and senior citizens (60+ years). Additionally, 45 percent of beneficiaries aged 12 to 14 years have received the first dose already.