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Covid 19 Booster Vaccination in India


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COVID-19, short for "Coronavirus Disease 2019," is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell, among others. In severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), organ failure, and death, particularly in older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions.

Getting COVID-19 booster vaccination (precaution dose) is a reliable and effective way to keep your immunity up-to-date against COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccination schedule

COVID-19 booster vaccination for children in India

As of Sep 2023, COVID-19 booster vaccination is not approved for children in India. For latest information, please refer to the guidelines by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

COVID-19 booster Vaccination for adults in India

As of Sep 2023, a single dose of COVID booster vaccination is recommended after 3-6 months of the 2nd primary dose of COVID-19 vaccination schedule. For latest information, please refer to the guidelines by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Missed COVID-19 booster vaccination?

It’s never too late to get vaccinated.
Adults who have missed taking the booster dose as per the recommended schedule can still take the vaccination at your nearest COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Cost of COVID-19 booster vaccination in India

The cost of COVID-19 booster vaccination depends on factors such as the type of brand, manufacturer, applicable taxes and the vaccination service provider. On an average, the cost of COVID-19 booster vaccination ranges between Rs 387 to Rs 2300 for each dose. It's best to check with your vaccination provider to get an accurate and updated estimate of the cost.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A COVID-19 booster shot, also known as a booster dose or precautionary dose or third dose, is an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given after the initial vaccination series to enhance and prolong immunity against COVID-19. Booster shots are intended to help maintain a high level of protection against the virus, especially in situations where immunity might wane over time or when dealing with emerging variants.

As of Sep 2023, all adults are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose after 6 months of taking their 2nd dose in the COVID-19 primary vaccination series. For international travelers, the interval between 2nd dose and booster dose is 3 months.

Yes, booster dose can be taken after a minimum interval of 3-6 months from the 2nd dose. There is no specific time restriction between the second dose and the booster dose, allowing for flexibility in scheduling.

While it's advisable for all eligible individuals to receive a COVID-19 booster, high-risk categories should prioritize getting the booster shot. These include, but are not limited to

As of Sep 2023, guidelines issued by the Government of India states that COVID-19 booster vaccination is totally voluntary; however, all individuals are encouraged to take vaccination for protecting themselves and their families from serious Covid-19 infection.

As of Sep 2023, individuals who have received the first series of the Covishield vaccine in India have the option to receive either Covishield or Covovax or Gemcovac-OM or CorBEvax or iNCOVACC vaccine as a booster dose.

As of Sep 2023, individuals who have received the first series of the Covaxin vaccine in India have the option to receive either Covaxin or Covovax or Gemcovac-OM or CorBEvax or iNCOVACC vaccine as a booster dose.

There is no head-to-head comparison done between the vaccines being used in India, so one cannot choose one over another. All vaccines would work well in reducing the mortality and morbidity caused by COVID-19 disease.

Data is still emerging, but boosters are expected to provide extended protection.

Adequate immune response develops approximately 2-3 weeks after the booster dose.

Common side effects include mild pain at the injection site, fatigue, and low-grade fever. These usually resolve within a few days. Serious side effects are rare.

Development of immunity or duration of protection after COVID-19 exposure is not established therefore it is recommended to receive the booster dose even after COVID-19 infection.

No, there is no requirement for screening of the vaccine recipient by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or RTPCR prior to COVID-19 booster vaccination. However, if you are symptomatic and suspected of suffering from COVID-19 infection, it is advisable to get tested yourself for Covid-19. In case of COVID-19 positive by lab test, COVID-19 booster vaccination can be deferred for 3 months (90 days)/12 weeks from the date of recovery of illness.

As of Sep 2023, individuals are still considered "fully vaccinated" when they have completed a two-dose vaccination regimen and you can take part in activities that require this criteria

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