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Corona’s new variant Omicron has been entered in the country. Due to the spread of many times faster than the already existing variant, it is believed that the vaccine may also be ineffective on it. Although many countries are already giving booster doses to the people, but after the arrival of Omicron, the discussion of booster doses has started gaining momentum.
Understand, what booster dose will have to be taken to deal with Omicron? In which countries are booster doses being given? For what conditions are there people taking booster doses? Is a booster dose effective in preventing corona? And what is the Government of India preparing for the booster dose?
Why is there a buzz about booster doses after Omicron came out?
What is the Government of India doing about the booster dose?
Where is the booster dose being given?
According to Our World in Data, more than 35 countries around the world are giving booster doses to their citizens. Keeping in mind the comorbidity and different factors in different countries, people are being given booster doses of corona vaccine.
Israel was the first country to start giving booster doses. Israel has been administering booster doses of the vaccine to its citizens since July. In August, the third dose of the vaccine was being given only to people above 65 years of age, but at present, people above the age of 12 are being given a booster dose.
In September, the US gave approval for a booster dose. It was said that people would be able to take a booster dose after 6 months of getting both the doses. In September, it was only Pfizer’s vaccine that got approval for a booster shot, but currently three vaccine booster shots are being taken. People who have had both doses of Jansson & Jansson’s vaccine can get the third dose done after 2 months. Currently, anyone over the age of 18 can get a booster dose in the US.
On 24 November, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recommended a booster dose for all adults. Different countries in Europe are giving booster doses to people with different conditions. Many countries like Austria, Britain, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy are giving booster doses.
Canada has started giving booster doses from November. Here booster doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are being given. The quantity of dosage has been kept separately according to comorbidity and age. Anyone over the age of 18 can get a booster dose of Pfizer.
Is everyone being given a booster dose?
No, different countries have different requirements for booster doses. Many countries are giving booster doses only to people of 40+ age and many people over 18 years of age.
Is a booster dose effective in preventing corona?
What does WHO have to say on booster doses?
WHO’s stand on booster dose has been opposite to countries. In November, the WHO chief said that the booster dose was a hoax and should be stopped. Countries which are giving booster doses to the people, instead donate the vaccine to poor countries.
Has there been any case of any reaction to the booster dose?
No. No such case has come to the fore in the world so far. However, after the booster dose, you may experience common symptoms like mild fever, headache, body ache.