On May 13, a government panel made recommendations to the centre that the gap between two doses of Covishield can be extended to 12-16 weeks from 6-8 weeks. Initially, the gap was just 28 days.
The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization also said pregnant women can choose their vaccine and lactating women will be eligible for vaccination after delivery. However, neither is eligible for the shots as of now according to the protocol in place.
The panel further said that those having laboratory test proven SARS-CoV-2 illness should defer Covid-19 vaccination for six months after they recover. As per the Union Health Ministry’s existing protocol, the vaccine is to be administered only four to eight weeks after recovery from Covid-19 infection.
These recommendations will be implemented only after approval by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration. However, no such changes were suggested for Covaxin.