Shimla, June 8 (MNN) The Himachal Pradesh Health Department said here on Tuesday that the relaxation had been given by Indian Health Ministry SOPs to shorten the coronavirus vaccine dosage intervals to facilitate international travel for educational or employment purposes or to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
In case of those who planned to undertake foreign travel for employment or educational or games purposes and had taken the first dose of Covishield but whose proposed dates of travel was before the minimum interval of 84 days between two vaccine doses, permission for administration of second dose will be given by Chief Medical Officers concerned after checking whether 28 days had elapsed after the date of first dose, and genuineness of purpose of foreign travel based on relevant documents.
He said that vaccinations for persons should be availed through passports for international travel up to August 31, 2021.
All technical protocols as prescribed in the Ministry guidelines regarding Covid vaccination centres and AEFI management etc would have to be followed.
He said that Cowin portal would soon provide for facility for administration of second dose in such exceptional cases.
Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India and approved by the Drug Controller General of India is one of the WHO-approved vaccine for emergency use.
As per the recommendation of the National Expert group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), the second dose of vaccine ought to be administered at 12-16 weeks interval, that is after 84 days of first dose.
Meanwhile, the Health Department said that the Indian government has decided to include Unique Disability Identification Card (UDID) in the prescribed list of photo IDs and documents to facilitate Covid-19 vaccinations.
Directions have been issued to all Chief Medical Officers to issue necessary instructions to all concerned and publicise the inclusion of UDIDs for vaccination purposes in their respective districts.
The Health Department said that 24,65,448 coronavirus vaccine doses have been given to people in Himachal till date, of which 1,04,865 beneficiaries were in the 18-44 age group. A stock of 1,07,620 Covishield doses was made available to the state.
While Himachal had received 49,350 doses on Tuesday, 40,980 more vaccines would be received on June 16, 49,350 on June 26, and 27,500 doses by July 2, 2021.