People over 50 years to get Covid vaccine from March

Randeep Guleria

New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Randeep Guleria has said that those above 50 years and people with comorbidities in the 20 to 50 year age group will start getting the coronavirus vaccine from March.

Guleria, who is also a member of the National Task Force on Covid-19, answered a batch of questions related to the vaccines on Twitter. People tweeted to him using #VaccineVarta, following which he reverted to them.

He said that antibodies against the novel coronavirus disease may last for up to eight months or longer pursuant to the vaccination, adding that scientists are aggressively studying the long-term protection provided by the vaccines.

“Antibodies will develop about 14 days after the second shot. It is not clear how long protection will last but it is believed that it will last for at least 8 months, or may be longer,” he said.

He added: “Currently, scientists are aggressively studying long-term protection provided by vaccines.”


NT Bureau