Narinder Batra is the President of the Indian Olympic Association.© AFP
The difference between the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has been set by the Ministry of Health for four weeks for Olympic athletes and officials, Narinder Batra, President of the Olympic Association of India (IOA), announced on Monday. Batra has communicated the same thing to the state sports federations. “All NSF athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian Ministry of Health has issued a letter in the case of Tokyo-linked Athletes and officials that the 2nd vaccine dose will be given after 4 weeks of the first week. The vaccine,” Batra said in a statement.
Last month, a government panel recommended increasing the dose range for the Covishield vaccine at the Indian Serum Institute to 12-16 weeks.
However, the difference between Bharat Biotech’s two doses of Covaxin is four weeks.
On Sunday, the IOA received 120 athletes and 27 para-athletes have so far received at least one dose of the vaccine. The body said there are 62 athletes who have been vaccinated, including four for four.
Among coaches and assistants, 114 received the first shots, while 37 were fully embedded.
The body has also asked five Olympic-related athletes who have recently recovered COVID-19 to receive the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.
The Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23rd.
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