Online appointments already booked for second dose of Covishield remain valid, government announces

On Sunday, the Union Ministry of Health clarified that already booked online appointments for second dose by Covishield vaccine will remain valid and will not be canceled on the Co-WIN platform.

However, the necessary changes have now been made to the Co-WIN digital portal, so that further online or on-site appointments will not be possible if the period after the date of the first dose for a beneficiary is less than 84 days. .

On May 13, the Center extended the gap between the first and second dose of Covishield vaccine at 12-16 weeks based on recommendations from COVID Working group chaired by NK Arora.

“The Indian government has communicated this change to States and UTs. The Co-WIN digital portal has also been reconfigured to reflect this extension of the interval for two doses of Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) at 12-16 weeks, ”the ministry said.

“However, there have been reports in a section of the media suggesting that people who had pre-booked their appointments for the second dose in less than 84 days on Co-WIN are being discharged from vaccination centers without receiving the second. dose of Covishield., “It said.

In addition, online appointments already booked for the second dose of Covishield will remain valid and will not be canceled by Co-WIN. Additionally, beneficiaries are advised to reschedule their appointments to a later date than- beyond the 84th day from the date of the first dose of vaccination, ”added the ministry.

The Union government has reiterated to States / UT that online appointments booked for the second dose of Covishield before this change in the interval between the two doses of Covishield, must be honored.

He informed States / UTs that field staff could be informed that, if these beneficiaries come to be vaccinated, “the second dose of Covishield must be administered and they must not be refused”.

They were also asked to undertake awareness raising activities to inform beneficiaries of this change.

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