It is recommended to change the current 4-6 week interval between the first dose and the second dose of the Covshield vaccine to 4-8 weeks.
The National Advisory Council on Vaccines and the National Expert Group on Vaccine-19 Vaccination have advised at its 20th meeting to adjust the interval between the two doses of the Govshield vaccine against the Govt-19 vaccine based on scientific evidence.
Accordingly, it is recommended to change the current 4-6 week interval between the first dose and the second dose of the Covshield vaccine to 4-8 weeks.
This change only applies to the Covshield vaccine, not to the covax vaccine. In a letter to the Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had accepted the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Council and the National Expert Committee on Vaccine-19 Vaccination.
He has thus advised states and union territories to pay the second dose of the Govshield vaccine within the recommended 4-8 weeks.
Current scientific evidence suggests that a second dose of Covshield vaccine may increase its safety within 6-8 weeks, but should not be given after 8 weeks.
The Federal Secretary of Health has urged the States and Union Territories to take the necessary steps to inform the beneficiaries of the Govshield vaccine, such as those who have been vaccinated.