February 3, 2023

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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#Nasalvaccine Nasal Vaccine not recommended after precaution dose

Bangalore, Dec. 28: You need to be careful before taking nasal vaccine. As nasal vaccines roll out and confusion cropped up about people eligible for it, experts have now cleared the air saying that nasal vaccine is recommended as “first booster” and that people who have already received their preacutionary dose need not take the nasal vaccine.

“It (nasal vaccine) is recommended as the first booster. For example, if a person has already received a precaution dose, it is not recommended for that person. It is for those who have not yet taken a precaution dose,” Dr NK Arora, who has been closely involved with the rollout of vaccines from the onset of the pandemic, told NDTV.

Amid a sharp uptick in Covid-19 cases globally, especially in neighbouring China, the government on Friday approved Bharat Biotech’s intranasal vaccine as a booster dose for those aged 18 years and above.

The two-drop needle-free nasal vaccine is likely to be introduced on the Co-WIN platform from Friday evening and eligible people can book their shot from the mobile application or website.

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