Even as we are hearing the news that over 12 crore people are yet to get their second dose of Covid vaccine and the Union government was considering to intensify the vaccination drive so that all the people who are due for second dose are also covered, the government was mooting at releasing a policy for inoculating booster dose to people who have completed two doses of vaccination!
Interestingly, the Union government and the Covid panel have announced that a governmental policy would be released soon with regards to second, a day after Chairman and managing Director of Bharat Biotech, Dr Krishna Ella made announcement that there would a need for people to take booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would be required if the Covid-19 virus gets mutated.
Dr Krishna said, “If there is a mutated Covid-19 virus and a booster is required. What type of booster would be needed and how do we deliver it on a fast track basis. On that, we are working on various strategies that can be contained. Even if something comes up; we know how to handle situations.”
Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that it is natural for us to discuss about the need for booster shots and said that the government would take a decision based on expert opinion. “Our objective is to first administer both the first and second doses to the entire eligible population. I do not think that in matters such as booster dose, the government will take any direct decisions… we will depend on whatever recommendations are given by ICMR and expert teams. We will deliberate the issue only after expert suggestions are received,” the minister pointed out.