Health Ministry increases interval between vaccine doses: Ukrainians to receive second dose in late May

Source : 112 Ukraine

The second dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be given 12 weeks after the first one
16:22, 26 March 2021


The Ministry of Health has decided to increase the interval between doses of Covid-19 vaccine to 90 days. It was stated by chief sanitary doctor, Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Liashko during a briefing

Such changes were made on the recommendations of the National Technical Group of Experts on Immunoprophylaxis.

Related: Ukrainian doctors not to be fired for refusal to be vaccinated, - Healthcare Minister

Liashko said that according to the results of clinical studies and vaccination practice, the intervals between the first and second vaccine doses were also recommended to be increased to 12 weeks by NTGEI of Canada, Germany, and France.

"The second injection will be given on May 20," he added.

Related: Pfizer, BioNTech launch tests of their vaccine on kids aged under 12

Meanwhile, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry confirms that supplies of CoviShield vaccine from India have been suspended for the time being. Dmytro Kuleba, the minister said so as quoted by UNN news agency. 

"I'd like to thank the government of India for the delivery of the first batch. Actually, the export of vaccine from India is currently paused. I won't go for the details, but it's a fact," Kuleba said.

At that, he did not comment on the alleged reception of a letter from Indian Embassy, which concerned discreditation claims made about the producer of the vaccine: "I never commented on the diplomatic correspondence. It's a private matter by its definition".

Related: First batch of CoronaVac vaccine reaches Ukraine


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