Meanwhile, Ghaziabad inoculated 1,808 in this phase on Tuesday and has decided not to mention the date of the second jab on the card issued to recipients. They will have to wait for four to eight weeks, officials said.
On the 20th day of the third phase, a total of 2,550 recipients — which also included healthcare and frontline workers — turned up for the vaccinations across 46 centres. These included seven government and 39 private hospitals. The target for this phase was 3,000 as against 7,000 on the day before. “This was because the number of centres was fewer today,” said Dr Neeraj Tyagi, district immunisation officer, in charge of the vaccine process.
“As many as 1,471 in the 60+ age group and 706 in the 45-59 years, comorbid category turned up on Tuesday. The remaining 373 recipients were healthcare and frontline workers,” said Dr Tyagi
In Ghaziabad, a total of 2,117 people were vaccinated on Tuesday across 23 private hospitals, including nine government facilities, Hindon Air force base and Dasna jail. Of them, a total of 1,356 recipients were in the 60+ age group and 452 were in the 45-59 years category.
The GB Nagar health department officials said they have implemented the central government’s directive on the new guidelines for the second dose of the vaccine. From now, the vaccines will be administered 6-8 weeks after the first dose as against the earlier 4-6-week gap.
In Ghaziabad, the health department has decided that instead of mentioning the date of the second dose on the card issued to recipients, officials will mention that they should come between four and eight weeks for the second dose. Officials said that in the case of Covaxin, a difference of a gap of 28 days is sufficient.
Officials said that according to the new guidelines, the Covishield vaccine is considered to be up to 90% effective by increasing the period between the two doses by 6-8 weeks, whereas it was only 70% effective at the interval of four weeks. However, the second dose of this vaccine can be taken even at an interval of four to eight weeks.