The Centre right this moment clarified that bookings already accomplished on-line or onsite for the second dose of Covishield vaccine will not be cancelled regardless of the hole after the primary just lately being prolonged by the federal government. While beneficiaries are suggested to reschedule the appointments for his or her subsequent spherical to some date past the 84-day hole now required, they won’t be turned again in the event that they select to go by the slots already allotted to them.
A Union Health Ministry order issued right this moment, nonetheless, mentioned no recent on-line or onsite appointments shall be accomplished on the CoWIN portal if the hole after the beneficiary’s first dose is lower than 84 days. It mentioned the requisite modifications have now been made to the portal.
The Centre had on May 13 prolonged the hole between the primary and second doses of Covishield vaccine to 12-16 weeks, based mostly on the suggestions made by the COVID Working Group headed by Dr NK Arora.
“However, there have been reports in a section of the media suggesting that people who had booked their appointments for the second dose in less than 84 days on CoWIN are being turned back from vaccination centres without getting the second dose of Covishield,” the ministry mentioned.
“Already booked online appointments for the second dose of Covishield will remain valid and are not being cancelled…the beneficiaries are advised to reschedule their appointments for a later date beyond the 84th day from the date of first dose of vaccination,” it mentioned.
It has suggested the states and Union territories to instruct the sphere workers that if such beneficiaries do come for vaccination, “the second Covishield dose must be administered and they must not be turned away”.
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