The Centre has stated that administering two separate doses of vaccines is not cause for alarm, after at least 20 persons in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district, which borders Nepal, were given separate dosages of vaccines due to “negligence.” VK Paul, a member of the Niti Aayog (health), said that vaccination centres should stick to the same dose of vaccines per the protocol, but if there is a mix-up,
The 20 persons who received two separate vaccines in two slots are all over 45 years old and are from the Audahi Kalan community. They received their first dosage of Covishield on April 1. They were given the second dose on May 14, and because the health staff did not check the card to see which vaccination had been given to them previously, they were given Covaxin by mistake.
Ram Surat, a peasant, realised that he was given two separate vaccines in two doses, which he noticed was a mistake. According to reports, none of them experienced any negative consequences.
Based on studies, certain nations have approved the combining of Covishield first dose with Pfizer or Moderna second dosage or vice versa.
When the vaccination drive began in India in January, the Centre warned states and UTs not to mix vaccinations, however, Dr Paul recently stated that mixing two vaccinations is theoretically and technically viable, but that more research is needed. The Centre announced on Thursday that it will conduct a trial of mixing and matching vaccine doses.