Is it necessary to take both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine?
The result of studies conducted on Covid-19 vaccines showed that people with two doses had a higher amount of antibodies to fight the virus, indicating that taking more than one dose would probably increase vaccine effectiveness.
Who is eligible for Covid 19 booster in India?
A person above the age of 60 years who has co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic ailments have the option of getting the booster dose, aka "precaution dose", in India. A booster shot would be administered 9 months after taking the second dose of the vaccine.
What should be the time gap between the two doses of Covid-19 vaccines?
Presently, the schedule of the Covishield vaccine is to administer the second dose after 12-16 weeks (i.e. after 84 days), after administration of the first dose.
How many Covid-19 vaccines are licensed in India?
Two vaccines were granted emergency use authorisation by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in India -- Covishield (AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited). Sputnik - V has been granted EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) in April 2021.
Is it mandatory to take the vaccine?
The vaccination for Covid-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to receive both the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for protecting oneself against this disease and also to limit the spread of this disease to close contacts.