New Delhi: India is planning on doing a examine on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination if two completely different coronavirus vaccines are administered to a affected person for his or her two doses. This comes after a number of stories of a large scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines within the nation.
“India could in few weeks begin testing the feasibility of a routine that mixes two completely different doses of COVID vaccines to see if it helps increase the immune response to the virus,” mentioned Dr N Ok Arora, Chairman of COVID-19 working group below the Nationwide Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).
Earlier, in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district, as a consequence of medical negligence, 20 individuals had been administered the primary dose of Coveshield and the second dose of Covaxin.
Speaking about this incident, Dr Mubasheer Ali, Senior Marketing consultant – Intensive Care Specialist, Apollo TeleHealth says, “It is not dangerous. That being said, the WHO has stated that in truly exceptional situations, in which the first-dose vaccine cannot be determined or is no longer available, either vaccine may be given to complete the vaccination series. But in normal circumstances, you should receive the same vaccine product for both doses.”
Mixing of various COVID-19 vaccines may truly be a good suggestion, based on Dr Chandrashekhar T, Chief Intensivist, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital Vashi.
“Mixing and cocktailing of vaccines as per studies is not dangerous. This technique is being tried and tested in some countries, and even in India, there are some experts who vouch for the mixing and cocktailing of vaccines. However, there is no evidence or study on the effects of mixing Covishield and Covaxin in India,” says Dr Chandrashekhar.
Speaking about related experiments in different components of the world, Dr Chandrashekhar shares, “In countries like Canada, Finland, Norway, etc., the mixing of vaccines has been done between Covishield and Pfizer-Biotech vaccine.”
Dr Chandrashekhar additional believes that cocktailing of vaccines may truly give higher immunity. Extra examine on it nonetheless is required to establish it.
“There are several studies that indicate that mixing and cocktailing of vaccines help in covering a broader spectrum of mutations and so helps in providing a broader immunity to people.”
Potential side-effects of blending completely different COVID-19 vaccines are headache, physique ache, and fever.