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Flying abroad? You don’t have to wait 9 months for Covid booster | India News

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: People travelling abroad can now take the Covid-19 precaution dose, before the end of their stipulated nine-month waiting period for the booster shot, if it is mandated in the guidelines of the destination country.
The Centre on Thursday relaxed the booster shot norms for overseas travellers. The move follows a recommendation made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) seeking the relaxation.
“Indian citizens and 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 CoWIN,” health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.
Currently, only those adults who have completed a nine-month waiting period since the administration of the second dose of their Covid vaccine are eligible to receive a third or booster dose.
The ministry had received several representations seeking the precaution dose for those who have to travel abroad for employment, business commitments, admission to foreign educational institutions, and bilateral and multilateral meetings as part of India’s official delegations.
“The issue was discussed at a NTAGI meeting held last week after which it recommended that those who need to travel overseas can take the booster shot, before the stipulated nine-month waiting period,” an official said.

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