NEW DELHI: India should prioritise double vaccinating its eligible population against Covid over booster shots given a large number of people still to get the base layer of protection against the infection, opine scientists.
Concerns over the Omicron variant and waning vaccine-induced protection against the infection have highlighted the need for boosters to protect the most vulnerable. And while many countries have already started giving booster shots, several experts here said the priority in India has to be different given that largescale immunisation programme began only six-eight months ago.
In advocating putting boosters on the back-burner for the moment, the experts’ opinion runs counter to the Indian SARSCoV-2 Genomics Sequencing Consortium (INSACOG) that has recommended a booster dose for those above 40 years in high-risk and high-exposure populations.
The INSACOG is a network of national testing labs set up by the government to monitor genomic variations of COVID-19.
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