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Government reduces booster dose gap to 3 months

In a recent travel update, the Indian government has said that citizens who are planning to travel abroad and students are eligible for a third (booster) dose of covid vaccine as soon as three months after their second dose.

This announcement comes as a big relief as previously to avail of the third dose of the vaccine, people had to wait for nine months.

This announcement was made for the convenience of travellers who wish to travel abroad and countries which require a booster dose or covid dose mandatory.

Ladakh, May 15 (ANI): Vials of COVISHIELD vaccine seen at a vaccination centre in Leh on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Union Health Minister, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya posted on Twitter saying, “Indian citizens & students travelling overseas can now take the precaution dose as required by the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the Cowin portal”

As of now, many international destinations have made booster dose mandatory for travellers and many European Union countries have the cut-off at nine months, meaning travellers must have taken a vaccine jab in the last 270 days to be allowed to arrive.

According to a group of experts, this decision of reducing the gap would also speed up the booster process.

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