India has recorded 52.76 Lakh Covid-19 Vaccine jabs in the last 24 hours. With this India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 32.90 Crore. 78,44,885 balance and unutilized Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available to be administered with the States and Union Territories. Furthermore,15,18,560 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States and Union Territories within the next 3 days.
The Union Health Ministry has issued fresh guidelines for administering the Covid-19 vaccine to pregnant women. It said that pregnancy does not increase the risk of Covid-19 infection. The health ministry has advised all pregnant women to register themselves on the Co-WIN portal or get themselves registered on-site at the Covid-19 vaccination centre. On 25 June 2021, the Director-General of ICMR, Balram Bhargava had announced that pregnant women can be vaccinated against Covid-19.
According to a study conducted by Oxford, immune responses to the AstraZeneca’s vaccine improve with a longer gap of about 10 months between doses. The study reveals that extending the gap between the first and second doses increased the level of protective antibodies. : The Oxford research also mentioned that a third shot can boost antibody levels even further.
Another study conducted by Oxford University found out that alternating doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines create robust immune responses against Covid-19.
As vaccination drive continues across the country for people above 18 years old, Govindpura village in Charkhi Dadri district has become the first village to achieve 100% vaccination in Haryana.
Maharashtra health department informed Bombay high court in an affidavit that it “desires to propose home vaccination on experimental basis’’ based on guidelines framed by its Covid taskforce. This will be meant for those who are certified by a doctor to be truly immobile and bedridden.