‘Slots Booked For Second Dose Of Covishield To Remain Valid On CoWIN,’ Clarifies Centre
The authorities of India on Sunday clarified that already booked on-line appointments for 2nd dose of Covishield will stay legitimate and won’t be cancelled on the CoWIN platform. It nevertheless acknowledged that the requisite adjustments have now been achieved within the CoWIN digital portal. As a end result, additional on-line or on-site appointments is not going to be attainable if the interval after 1st dose date for a beneficiary is lower than 84 days.
The assertion has come after the Centre earlier this week prolonged the hole between the primary and second doses of COVISHIELD vaccine to 12-16 weeks. The Government of India communicated this modification to States and UTs and on the identical time, reconfigured the CoWIN digital portal to mirror this extension of interval for 2 doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks.
Post announcement, a number of media studies emerged suggesting that individuals who had pre-booked their appointment for the second dose of Covishield vaccine towards Covid-19, in lower than 84 days on CoWIN are being turned again from vaccination centres.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has reiterated to the States and UTs that the net appointments booked for 2nd dose of Covishield previous to this modification of the interval between the 2 doses of Covishield, have to be honoured.
Moreover, the States/UTs have been suggested that the sector employees could also be instructed that, if such beneficiaries do come for vaccination, the second Covishield dose have to be administered and so they should not be turned away. They have additionally been suggested to undertake consciousness actions to tell the beneficiaries about this modification.
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