New Delhi: Research is currently underway in India, US and many other countries to see if booster dose will be needed for maintaining longer efficacy of coronavirus vaccines, a senior doctor has said.
“It is about five months since the start of vaccination in India. Everyone is looking towards the government, doctors and scientists if they are safe or they need booster dose to make themselves safe. This is the important question and we are having lots of research in India and abroad including US and European countries,” Dr Sanjeev Sinha, Professor in Department of Medicine at AIIMS Delhi told ANI.
“We will have other data also in two-three months. Then we will be able to decide on booster dose. Everything will be based on research. There is some work is going on booster dose at AIIMS also,” he added.
Dr Sinha also added that the three COVID-19 vaccines – Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V- have been authorised for use in the country against coronavirus.
He then went on to say that the government took the decision to increase the gap between two jabs of Covishield after a study was published in a leading medical journal.
Dr Sinha also urged people to continue exercising caution against coronavirus and not get complacent as number of new cases have come down.
“This is a very crucial time. One has to be very careful. People should follow COVID-appropriate behaviour and should only come out of their homes when absolutely necessary. It is preferable if people can work from home. If it is mandatory (to go to office), then avoid taking lunch together,” he added.
India’s COVID-19 Tally
In a major feat in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, India continued to report less than 1 lakh daily new cases of COVID-19 cases, for the seventh consecutive day on Monday (June 14, 2021), as new cases fell to below 71,000 infections. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country recorded 70,421 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest in almost 72 days. The cases were down by 10,413 new infections as compared to the previous day when 80,834 coronavirus cases reported on Sunday.