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Over 3.86 crore citizens did not get second dose of coronavirus vaccine on time, says Centre


The Centre has said that more than 3.86 crore residents have not been administered the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine within the stipulated time, reported PTI on Thursday. The statement was in response to a Right to Information query filed by activist Raman Sharma.

“The total number of vaccinees [beneficiaries] who got their first dose of Covishield vaccine but did not get their second dose within stipulated period of time as prescribed by the Govt. of India as per the due report in the Co-WIN portal is 3,40,72,993 (data as on 17th August 2021),” the Covid-19 Vaccine Administration Cell of the Union Health Ministry said.

Regarding the Covaxin vaccine, the vaccine administration cell said that 46,78,406 beneficiaries did not get the shot within the stipulated time as of Tuesday.

The vaccine administration cell said the government has recommended that Covishield’s second dose should be taken within 84 days to 112 days after the first shot. The gap between two Covaxin doses should be 28 days to 42 days, it said.

“There is no recommendation for such vaccinees [beneficiaries] who got their first dose of Covid-19 Vaccine but did not get the second dose within the stipulated period as prescribed by Government of India to get their first…

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