Coronavirus vaccination will be voluntary, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus vaccination will be voluntary, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus vaccination in the country would be voluntary, the Union Health Ministry has said. However, it has advised people to take the inoculation shots to remain safe from the virus. “Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of the vaccine for protecting one-self against this disease and also to limit the spread of this disease to the close contacts including family members, friends, relatives and co-workers,” the ministry said. It advised people to take the vaccine even if they have a history of COVID-19 infection. Anyone taking medicines for illnesses like cancer, diabetes, hypertension are considered high-risk category and they need to get vaccination, it said.

The ministry also said that the vaccine introduced in India will be as effective as any vaccine developed in other countries. It added that the protective level of antibodies generally develops two weeks after the second dose is received.

The ministry listed a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday night and responded to questions like if taking a vaccine was mandatory, how long does it take for the antibodies to develop and if it was necessary for a COVID recovered person to take the vaccine.

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