With medical professionals finishing their immunisation about eight months ago and the virus still widely present, many doctors TOI spoke with said they had no option, but to take a booster dose.
“This is a trend among educated individuals of taking the third dose even though government centres are not providing booster dose. Some are able to manage, but they will not be awarded any certificates,” a senior doctor said.
Vax apprehension is an issue: Official
While top health department officials said they were aware of what’s happening in hospitals, but in the absence of any guideline either in favour or against using boosters, the trend could continue.
“Vaccine apprehension among many people is an issue for us, but no complaints have been lodged by anyone on booster dose,” a top official told TOI on the condition of anonymity.
Doctors have been evaluating their antibodies after taking the vaccine and if the levels come down, they are looking for a booster dose.
“Not just among health experts, but individuals are asking us about booster doses since people are anxious about their elderly parents,” said Dr Kishan Rao, head of the Telangana Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (THANA). There is also an inclination in the city of discussing booster doses in webinars.
“I attended a webinar on vaccines by a health expert team to have a better understanding of everything, including booster dose. There I came to know that WHO is focusing on vaccine equality,” said RV Kanaka Reddy, a private employee.
WHO has been pressing countries to increase their vaccine cooperation, highlighting that 80 countries do not have a 10% vaccination (both doses) coverage rate. During a WHO webinar, companies said that it was preferable to take a booster dose after 6 to 8 months.