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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Interval Period Brought Forward To 8th Week

The Ministry of Health reiterates that the second dose will be only provided at an interval of 8 weeks and not BEFORE.
19 Jul 2021 09:37
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Interval Period Brought Forward To 8th Week

Individuals, who receive the first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, can now receive their second dose after an interval of 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks.

 The decision has been made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services following a latest research which shows that administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines at the minimum interval of 8 weeks provides the same level of protection as compared to the 12th week.

 Administering the second dose at 8th week will not affect the effectiveness of the vaccine and will provide same level of immunity against the delta variant. Additionally, it will provide earlier protection against severe illness, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

 Individuals who have received their first dose and were scheduled to take their second dose at an interval of 12 weeks will receive a reminder via text message in the 8th week.

 The Ministry of Health reiterates that the second dose will be only provided at an interval of 8 weeks and not BEFORE.

 Individuals who are due for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines can go to their nearest vaccination site.

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