The government on Wednesday said it has accepted new recommendations made by National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC). As per the suggestions, COVID-19 vaccination should be deferred by three months after recovery from the illness, the Health Ministry said.
“If infected after first dose, second dose to be deferred by three months after clinical recovery from COVID-19. Persons with any other serious illness requiring hospitalisation or ICU care shall also wait for 4-8 weeks before getting the vaccine,” the ministry stated.
Further, it said that an individual can donate blood after 14 days of either receiving the vaccine or testing RT-PCR negative if suffering from COVID. “Vaccination is recommended for lactating women. No need for screening of vaccine recipients by Rapid Antigen Test prior to vaccination,” the health ministry said.