Scientific evidence from some countries shows that while the vaccine is about 60-65 % effective at a gap of four weeks, it can be up to 90 % effective when given at an interval of 12 weeks.
Frontline health workers, the Army and Police are on the priority list to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
Bangladesh has so far purchased 30 million doses from the Serum Institute of India through private Beximco pharmaceuticals under a tripartite agreement.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has facilitated movement of over 14.17 million doses of the Covishield vaccine across various international and domestic destinations.
The circular advises that while all practising doctors should go for vaccination, they should “insist on Covishield till the Covaxin phase 3 results are out”.
Official sources said that 8 centres have been chosen in Kalaburagi district, 6 centres at Bidar, 6 centres at Raichur and 5 centres at Yadgir district for first day of vaccination drive.
The city's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) started handling flights carrying COVID-19 vaccines from January 13.
According to the hospital administration, they have received around 2.64 lakh vaccine doses which will be further distributed to 89 hospitals — both private and government — in the city.
A SpiceJet flight (SG757) carrying the vaccines from the Serum Institute of India facility in Pune landed at the airport at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, a press release issued by the State Health Society (SHS)
A massive pan-India inoculation drive against COVID-19 was set in process with Covishield vaccine leaving Pune for 13 cities across India.
The vaccine-laden trucks will move out from Manjari location of the SII with elaborate police security.
Alleging side-effects from Covishield vaccine trials, Chennai-based volunteer seeks Rs 5 crore compensation
The 40-year-old man has allegedly gone through severe trauma after he was diagnosed with 'acute neuro encephalopathy'.
The hospital, located in Parel area, on Tuesday got the approval of the Maharashtra ethics committee for conducting the vaccine trials.
Covishield vaccine developed by Oxford University reached Chennai on Thursday for phase two clinical trials.