Mukul asks centre to take up increase in interval between doses of vaccine

Shillong. Jun 19:The opposition Congress has asked the state government to take up with the centre the issue of increasing the gap between the first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination.

“This sudden increase between the first dose and the second dose, we could not find any scientific answer,” leader of opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma said.

“We must be realistic and we must be scientific. It cannot be based on somebody’s whims and fancies,” Dr. Sangma added.

The government of India has increased the gap between the two doses of the vaccine from six to seven weeks to 12 to 16 weeks.  

The leader of opposition said that the country in general and the state in particular is likely to be found unprepared to face the onslaught of the third wave because of the revised vaccine policy.

Dr. Sangma said that the revised interval spreading from 12 to 16 weeks is a long gap between the first and the second jab.

The leader of the opposition said that this means there will not be enough population covered by two doses of vaccine.

“That means you will not have the population who are fully equipped with the right kind of arsenal, in the instant case through vaccination, to face the challenge of this pandemic,” he added.

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