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Booster dose: Dose gap, natural infection slow offtake among 60-plus

Experts are also questioning the nine-month gap between the second and the third doses


Sources among vaccine makers say they are awaiting communication from the Centre on booster policy

Ruchika ChitravanshiSohini Das New Delhi
About one-third of the 60-plus population with co-morbidities has so far received their precaution dose of vaccination, since it was launched on January 10. The tepid response, experts say, is due to a variety of reasons, from the long gap of nine months from the second dose, natural infection that occurred in a large number of people during the third wave and in several cases vaccine hesitancy.

As a proportion of the estimated 27 million elderly in the 60-plus with co-morbidity, only 34 per cent have got the third dose since the drive was launched on January 10. Of the

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First Published: Feb 24 2022 | 6:04 AM IST

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