Mohali: Punjab has started administering the precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine to healthcare workers, frontline workers and those above 60 years of age from today.
The Director, Health and Family Welfare, Dr. GB Singh today launched the state-level campaign from District hospital here today.
Aman Malik, 61, was first given a booster dose in the presence of the director and other senior health officials.
Dr G.B Singh 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 the director. He added that the booster dose is being given to give more strength to the person to fight Covid.
Separate cabins have been set up for booster dose administration. He said that regarding booster dose, few guidelines are being followed.
Precautionary dose can be given 39 weeks/273 days after 2nd dose. Beneficiaries must not be Covid positive three months prior to Booster dose.
The director sought the cooperation and support of the people, saying that in order to avoid the third possible wave of Covid-19, it is very important to follow three basic guidelines like covering face with masks, keeping social distance from each other and washing hands frequently.
The health official asserted that all the necessary arrangements have already been made in health institutions across the state to tackle the third possible wave but the cooperation of the public is very much needed.
Emphasizing on complete anti-Covid vaccination, the director said that every beneficiary must be vaccinated without wasting time as the vaccine gives the body the strength to fight the pandemic. Covid vaccination is being provided free of cost in various government health institutions across the state.
People can go to nearest facility to get the vaccine. On this occasion, Civil Surgeon Dr. Adarshpal Kaur, Deputy Medical Commissioner; Dr. Daljit Singh Pradesi, District Health Officer Dr Subhash Kumar, SMO Dr. Vijay Bhagat, Dr. HS Cheema, Dr. Babandeep Kaur, Health Inspector Bhupinder Singh and other health officials were also present.