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Kerala to administer precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccination from today

Kerala will administer the precautionary dose of anti-COVID-19 vaccination from Monday, informed Health Minister Veena George.

Healthcare workers, frontline warriors and those above 60 with comorbidities — who have received both doses before nine months – will be eligible for the precautionary dose, the minister said on Saturday.

The booking for the precautionary dose will begin Sunday. The booking can be done online or those interested can walk in to vaccination centres. “Online booking is advised considering it saves time,” said Veena George.

There is no requirement for new registration for the beneficiaries of precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.The eligible population who have taken two doses of COVID-19 vaccine can directly take an appointment or walk-in to any COVID vaccination centre.

“Schedules will be published on January 8. The online appointment facility will also start by Friday evening. Vaccination with onsite appointment starts on January 10,” said the Union Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Centre has already said that the precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as administered previously in the first two doses.”Precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose will be the same vaccine as has been given previously. Those who have received Covaxin will receive Covaxin, those who have received primary two doses of Covishield will receive Covishield,” said Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog during media briefing of Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

Steps to book precautionary dose online

  • Log in to www.cowin.gov.in
  • Click on schedule precaution dose
  • Select centre and time for booking
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