After at least 20 people in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district, which borders Nepal, were given separate doses of vaccines due to “negligence,” the Centre has claimed that delivering two different doses of vaccines is not cause for concern.
VK Paul, a member of the Niti Aayog (health), said that vaccination centres should use the same dose of vaccines as the protocol specifies, but that if there is a mix-up, there are unlikely to be serious implications.
The 20 persons who received two separate vaccines in two slots are all over 45 years old and are from 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.