New Delhi: As the Europe Grapples Major Third Wave of The Pandemic. AIIMS Director, Randeep Guleria has said, that Booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are not needed in India right now and the focus needs to be on increasing vaccine coverage, also said the possibility of a “huge third wave is unlikely as cases are declining each passing day”.
Dr. Guleria was speaking at the launch of “Going Viral”, a book on the making of India’s Indigenous Vaccine ‘Covaxin’. The book is written by ICMR Director-General Dr. Balram Bhargava.
Mentioning the Third Dose, Guleria said, “The vaccines are holding up, for now, we are not seeing major breakthrough infections causing a major surge in our admissions, our seropositivity rate is very high. All of these suggest that as of now, we really don’t need a booster dose. We may need it in the future if a major new variant comes. But as of now, we don’t need a booster dose,” he said.
He added, “also without a new virus variant, a nationwide Third surge of the Pandemic is unlikely, The disease will become endemic and we will continue to have cases. There may be localized surges, we will have some patients who will be sick but it will not be of the magnitude that we saw in the first and second waves and most of us will be protected.”