The Health Minister of Kerala has written a letter to the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya regarding the vaccination of children. It is said that the difference between the second dose of Covishield should be reduced.
Kerala Health Minister’s request to the Center regarding vaccination of children
The Kerala government has urged the Center to vaccinate children against corona and give booster doses to the people. Along with this, the Kerala government also requested to expedite the major issues related to Kovid-19 vaccination including reducing the gap of the second dose of Kovishield. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that she has written a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya regarding immunization of children, asking her to take a quick decision on immunization of children.
Emphasis on immunization of children and a booster dose
Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that work should also done expeditiously to reduce the period between the first and second doses of Covishield. He said that on May 13, the Center accepted the recommendation of the Kovid Working Group and increased the gap between the first and second doses of Kovishield from the earlier 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks or after 84 days. In view of the prevalence of diseases in thirty percent of the state’s population, the central government should work expeditiously to give a booster dose of the Kovid vaccine. He said that I think the central government will consider it soon. We are waiting for his decision.
Decision on booster dose expected soon
However, Kerala Health Minister Veena George also said that the decision on booster dose based on expert opinion. He said that today many people in society are already suffering from many diseases including diabetes, blood pressure. We have analyzed the deaths of Kovid-19. People who already had a disease became more victims of Kovid. The Health Minister of Kerala informed that Kerala currently has the highest number of active Kovid-19 cases in the country. It is also reporting the highest number of Kovid-19 deaths in the country. However, George said that the state’s death rate is still lower than the national average.
It is necessary to reduce the gap between the two doses
Kerala Health Minister Veena George cited the state’s significant NRI population to argue why Kerala wants the current gap of 84 days between two doses to be reduced. He told me that as you know, Kerala is a state where we have many NRIs. Many of our people work abroad and if they come here and take the first dose of the vaccine, it will be difficult to stay for 84 days to get the second dose. That’s why we have asked to narrow the gap. I have received a letter from the Union Health Minister that the Central Government will consider it.