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Covishield’s booster dose will cost Rs 600, tax will be charged separately: Adar Poonawalla to NDTV

Adar Poonawalla talks to NDTV on the cost of booster dose

Covishield Booster Dose: The cost of Covishield Booster Dose will be Rs 600 and it will cost a bit more including tax. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India, gave this information in a conversation with NDTV on Friday. On the other hand, when Kovavax is recognized as a booster dose, it will cost Rs 900 plus tax. It is noteworthy that people above 18 years of age will be given the third dose as a booster from 10 April 2022 at private vaccination centers. All people above 18 years of age in the country will be eligible for this booster dose. Any citizen who takes the second dose will get it only after completing the period of 9 months. It will be available in all private vaccination centers in the country.

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Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has welcomed the announcement of making the booster dose of coronavirus available to all adults in the country. He said that this is a very important and timely decision. People planning to travel to many countries are facing many problems, one of which is not getting booster dose.

However, this third preconception dose will not be free for all adults. According to Poonawalla, the cost of Covishield will be equal to Rs 600 plus tax. While the booster dose of Covovax will be kept at Rs 900 plus tax. Kovovax is also expected to be approved as a booster dose soon

The government has informed that in addition to the free immunization program at government immunization centers for the first and second doses, the campaign to provide preventive doses to healthcare workers, frontline workers and 60+ population will continue. At present, about 96% of the population above the age of 15 in the country have received at least one dose of the corona (COVID-19) vaccine. While about 83% of the age group above 15 years have received both doses of the vaccine. More than 2.4 crore precaution doses have been given so far in the country including healthcare workers and frontline workers and elderly population. 45 percent of the people in the age group of 12 to 14 years have also taken the first dose.

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