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 experiences of an enormous scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines within the nation.
“India might 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 Okay 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 result of medical negligence, 20 folks have 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 isn’t harmful. That being mentioned, the WHO has said that in actually distinctive conditions, during which the first-dose vaccine can’t be decided or is not obtainable, both vaccine could also be given to finish the vaccination sequence. However in regular circumstances, it’s best to obtain the identical vaccine product for each doses.”
Mixing of various COVID-19 vaccines may truly be a good suggestion, in keeping with Dr Chandrashekhar T, Chief Intensivist, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital Vashi.
“Mixing and cocktailing of vaccines as per research is just not harmful. This method is being tried and examined in some international locations, and even in India, there are some consultants who vouch for the blending and cocktailing of vaccines. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as a proof or examine on the results of blending Covishield and Covaxin in India,” says Dr Chandrashekhar.
Speaking about related experiments in different elements of the world, Dr Chandrashekhar shares, “In international locations like Canada, Finland, Norway, and many others., the blending of vaccines has been achieved between Covishield and Pfizer-Biotech vaccine.”
Dr Chandrashekhar additional believes that cocktailing of vaccines may truly give higher immunity. Extra examine on it nevertheless is required to establish it.
“There are a number of research that point out that mixing and cocktailing of vaccines assist in protecting a broader spectrum of mutations and so helps in offering a broader immunity to folks.”
Doable side-effects of blending completely different COVID-19 vaccines are headache, physique ache, and fever.