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COVID-19 Vaccine – 2nd Dose Interval

Last Updated on 4 months by Publishing Team

18th July 2021

Media Release

The second dose interval period brought forward to the 8th week

Individuals who receive the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can now receive their second dose after an interval of 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks.

The decision has been made by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services following the latest research which shows that administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines at the minimum interval of 8 weeks provides the same level of protection as compared to the 12th week.

The decision to administer the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccines at 8 weeks is intended for providing earlier protection to reduce severe illness, hospitalization, and death by the concerning Delta Variant in the country.

Initially, the second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines could be administered at an interval of 8-12 weeks.

Administering the second dose at the 8th week will not affect the effectiveness of the vaccine and will provide the same level of immunity against the delta variant. Additionally, it will provide earlier protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.

Individuals who have received their first dose and were scheduled to take their second dose at an interval of 12 weeks will receive a reminder via text message in the 8th week.

The Ministry of Health reiterates that the second dose will be only provided at an interval of 8 weeks and not BEFORE. Individuals who are due for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines can go to their nearest vaccination site.