New Delhi: People who have recovered from coronavirus can take vaccine after three months of recovery, Centre said on Wednesday. The gap between two doses of vaccine should also be differed by three months for anyone who has contracted Covid, it added.
Until now, there wasn't any criteria for Covid recovered to take vaccine shot. They were only advised to not immediately take the dose post recovery.
The fresh guidelines are part of the recommendations by NEGVAC -- the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 led by NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul --- which have been accepted by the Union health ministry.
In its list of changes, the ministry also said lactating women can be vaccinated but the Centre will deliberate further regarding the vaccination of pregnant women.
The new set of rules come a week after the gap between two doses of Covishield was increased to 12 to 16 weeks, from existing six to eight weeks.
It was the second time in three months that the interval between Covishield dosage was increased. In March, the government stretched the gap from 28 days to six weeks, saying it pushed up the efficacy of the vaccine. Yet again, the government has cited that increasing gap between two doses increases its efficacy. However, as the move comes amid the scarcity of vaccines across the country, it has drawn flak from Congress.
"Based on available real-life evidence, particularly from the United Kingdom, the COVID-19 Working Group has agreed to increase dosing interval between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks. No change in intervals for Covaxin was recommended," the government said in its statement.