New Delhi: Dr Sanjeev Sinha of Delhi’s All India Medical Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Department of Medicine, on Thursday claimed that booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine can increase in immunity and also help in fighting a variant of concern.
“Many people who took vaccine in January have seen that they didn’t get any serious side effect during the second wave. The vaccine is effective in preventing covid infection, but after six months of inoculation, there is doubt among people that will they have enough antibodies in the body to combat the speculative third wave,” Dr Sinha told ANI.
He also added that research work is also going on in India, the US and other European nations and it is widely said that booster doses will have a great effect.
“There are many viral diseases where booster dose is required like the Flu shot. The booster dose will increase immunity and can combat variant of concern,” he added.
Back in May, AIIMS Delhi began the clinical trials of the third dose of the indigenous coronavirus vaccine, the COVAXIN, as a booster dose, six months after administering the second dose.
The ongoing study is to be conducted on 190 participants who were already vaccinated with COVAXIN (as part of the phase 2 trial) six months ago.
The duration of this study will be six months and all participants will be followed up for six months after the third dose for their safety and immunogenicity.
The trial is going on in AIIMS Delhi and Patna.
India’s COVID-19 Tally
India continues to report less than 1 lakh daily new cases of the novel coronavirus cases, for the third consecutive day on Thursday (June 10, 2021). According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country recorded 94,052 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The cases rose by 1,456 new infections as compared to the previous day when 92,596 new cases were reported on Wednesday. The lowest tally was recorded on June 8 when 86,498 new cases were recorded.
The slight spike in new cases took the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to 2,91,83,121 cases on Thursday, while the total number of active infections stood at 11,67,952 cases.