'2 Different Doses Are Safe': India's Top Covid-19 Adviser VK Paul After Vaccine Mix-up in UP

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India’s top Covid-19 adviser Dr VK Paul on Thursday said that recipients must stick to the same dose of vaccine as the first one. However, if in case people have got different jabs, there is no cause for concern. The statement has come after 20 villagers in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district were administered a dose of Covaxin after the first dose of Covishield, triggering fear of side-effects among people.

“Two different doses are safe. We are thinking to mix and match (vaccine doses) on a trial basis,” the doctor added. The incident took place in Siddharthnagar district’s Badhni Primary Health Care Centre where around 20 people from Audahi Kalan were given Covishiled as their first dose of vaccine but on May 14 they were administered a second dose and were inoculated with Covaxin by the health workers. However, all the people who got a 'cocktail' of vaccines are doing fine at the moment.

Speaking to media, CMO Siddharthnagar, Sandeep Chaudhary said, "There are no such guidelines from the government of India on any kind of 'cocktail' of vaccines and hence this is a matter of negligence. The person who is getting the first dose of a particular vaccine should get the second dose of the same vaccine as well. An enquiry was ordered in this case and our senior officers went to the spot and conducted enquiry.”

Chaudhary further said that clarification has been asked from people who have been named in the enquiry report. Action will be taken against those who will be found guilty, he added.

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