Tokyo Olympics: Indian athletes and officials to receive second jab after four weeks

Batra has also informed all the national sports federations about the decision.

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Tokyo Olympics : The gap between two doses of vaccine for Olympic-bound athletes and officials is reduced to four weeks by the Ministry of Health, informed Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra.

Batra has also informed all the national sports federations about the decision.

“All NSFs whose Athletes have Qualified for Tokyo Olympics. The letter has been issued by Ministry of Health Government of India, that in the case of Tokyo Bound Athletes and officials, the 2nd dose of vaccination will be done after 4 weeks of 1st dose of Vaccination,” Batra said in a statement.

The gap between two doses of Covisheild by the dosage Serum Institute of India was increased to 12-16 weeks. A government pannel took the decision on this.

However, the gap between the two doses of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is four weeks.

Tokyo Olympics: How many athletes are vaccinated?

In the Indian contingent, as many as 120 athletes and 27 para-athletes have received their first dose of the vaccine. 58 athletes and four para-athletes have got their second dose. In addition to this, 114 coaches and support staff have got their first dose. 37 staff members and officals have received their second dose.

“Of the actual Olympic bound Athletes only 5 are left for their 1st dose. All five were Covid positive and have since recovered,” sources in the known developments told ANI.

“Boxer Simranjeet, Four Shooters Saurabh Chaudhary, Rahi Sarnobat, Deepak Kumar and
Mairaj Ahmed Khan are ones who have been left. Request Boxing and Shooting to get needful done urgently and revert,” the source informed.