Amid the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) on Thursday said that those who tested positive for COVID-19 should wait for six months after their recovery to get vaccinated. The advisory group also recommended that the gap between the two doses of Covishield, which was earlier six to eight weeks, should be increased to around 12 to 16 weeks.
As per the sources, it was also suggested that if individuals after receiving the first jab of Covishield test positive for COVID-19 infection, then they should wait for four to eight weeks after recovering completely from the illness to get their second dose of the vaccine.
However, there has been no change suggested for increasing the interval between the two doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
Apart from this, the panel further suggested that pregnant women may be offered the choice to take any COVID-19 vaccine and that lactating women can be inoculated any time after delivery. Based on the information regarding the benefits and risks associated with Covishield and Covaxin, pregnant women may be offered the choice to take any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Currently, as per the protocol set by the Union Health Ministry, the vaccine is to be taken within four to eight weeks after recovery from COVID infection and pregnant and lactating women were not allowed to be administered the vaccine shots as they have not been part of any anti-coronavirus vaccine clinical trial so far.