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Precaution Dose: Citizens and students going abroad can get precaution dose, announced by Health Minister Mandaviya

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Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said that Indian citizens and students traveling abroad can now take precautionary doses as per the guidelines of their destination country.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Health Ministry) announced on Thursday that Indian citizens and students traveling abroad can get precaution doses as per the guidelines of the destination country. Precaution Dose COVID Vaccine (Coronavirus VaccineThe third dose is being called. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya (Mansukh Mandaviya) tweeted, ‘Indian citizens and students traveling abroad are now taking the necessary precautionary dose (as per the guidelines of the destination country)Precaution Dose) can be installed. This new facility will soon be available on the CoWIN portal.

In India, at present, the second dose or preparation dose of the vaccine is being administered to people above the age of 18 years. Precaution doses are being administered to people at private vaccination centers. However, as per the current guidelines, the third dose of the vaccine is being administered only to adults who have completed nine months of the second dose. At the same time, now after the announcement made on Thursday, Indians traveling abroad will not have to wait for nine months for the preparation dose after applying the second dose. This decision is being seen as a big relief for people and students traveling abroad.

Last week, there was a recommendation to relax the precaution dosage norms.

At the same time, the decision of the Union Health Ministry to relax the precautionary dosage norms for travelers going abroad is based on the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI). The advisory group had last week recommended that those who have to travel abroad can take the prescribed dose of the COVID vaccine according to the destination country before the mandatory gap of nine months. Precautionary doses of the COVID vaccine were started in India on April 10 at private vaccination centers for all eligible people above the age of 18 years.

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According to official data, 12.21 lakh people in the age group of 18-59 have been administered the vaccine dose available at private vaccination centres. Also, the country has administered 2.89 crore prescription doses to the priority groups- frontline workers, healthcare workers and elderly people above 60 years of age. Precaution doses are available free of cost for the priority group at government vaccination centres.

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