People above 60 with comorbidities do not need to show a doctor certificate or prescription to show they belong to the high-risk category to be eligible for a “precaution dose” or booster against COVID-19. Medical professionals, frontline health staff and senior citizens with comorbidities can take the booster dose from January 10.
The centre announced the move to administer boosters amid concern over the highly transmissible variant Omicron.
“Doctor certificate/prescription not required to establish comorbidity; doctors advice an indication for 60+ persons to consult with their doctors before opting for a precaution dose,” the Health Ministry said in a statement today.
For 15 to 18 year olds who will be vaccinated starting January 3, both walk-in and online registration through CoWIN are allowed.
Those on election duty in poll-bound states will be treated as frontline workers, eligible for precaution dose, the Health Ministry said.