No vaccine can provide 100% protection from Covid, assessment needing a booster shot underway: Govt

No vaccine can provide 100% protection against Coronavirus, Niti Aayog member VK Paul said on Thursday during a press briefing.

Asserting that no vaccine can provide 100 per cent protection from Coronavirus, the centre on Thursday said that studies are underway on whether there is a need for a booster dose that could give enhanced protection from the infection. 

Responding to a query about whether a booster shot is required against the virus, Niti Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul stated that if such need arises people will be communicated about it. 

Mr Paul added that during the vaccination campaign the government plans to immunise everyone against a particular disease. 

"If there is a need for a booster dose it will be told. Some studies are going on. Covaxin trial is going on whether it (booster dose) should be taken after six months or not," Dr Paul said.

"Just follow the guidelines, take two doses and continue with Covid-appropriate behaviour. You are safe from serious disease but be careful. The protection is not 100 per cent. Once the need for a booster and the timing of the booster will be known, those guidelines and provisions will be communicated," he added.

India’s vaccination update

India as of Thursday, a total of 20.54 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses has been administered, while amongst this figure a total of 1,51,52,040 adults in the age group of 18-44 years have been given the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, on Friday India recorded a total of 1,86,364 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest in the past 44 days, along with 3,660 fresh fatalities. 

The cumulative cases have now surged to 2,75,55,457, while the death toll is at 3,18,895. There are 23,43,152 active cases of Coronavirus in the country according to the Union Health Ministry.




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