The Indian government has announced the nasal vaccine Incovacc as part of preparedness against the renewed COVID-19 scare. The new covid vaccine will be the world’s first unsolicited jab and nasal delivery. Developed by Bharat Biotech, this nasal vaccine can be given to anyone above 18 years of age. The intranasal vaccine works as a booster dose and is currently available at private vaccination centers. The vaccine slot can be booked online through the same Covin portal that offers CoviShield and Covaccine shots.
How to book nasal vaccine booster dose online
To book nasal vaccine online, open your browser and visit the CoWIN portal. Alternatively, click on the link below https://www.cowin.gov.in
- Now, login with your registered mobile number
- Look for the schedule option
- Search for private vaccination center using pincode or district name
- Choose the center nearest you
- Select your preferred date and time for the nasal vaccine booster shot
- Confirm to book your slot for vaccination
Online booking of Nasika vaccine will be enabled through Cowin On Friday evening as per government orders..
“The Government of India has approved Nasal Vaccine. It is used as a heterologous booster and is first available in private hospitals. It will be included in the Covid vaccination program from today,” official sources said.
Who can get the COVID-19 nasal vaccine?
As mentioned above, people over the age of 18 can be given the nasal covid vaccine Incovac. NDTV Reports The vaccine is a different booster dose, meaning that both CoviShield and CoVaccine can be taken as nasal vaccines.
Each Times of India, the nasal vaccine is delivered twice through the nose; However, there must be an interval of four weeks between the first and second doses. A total of 8 drops (0.5ml), four in each nostril, should be administered per dose. The vaccine is stable at 2-8 degrees Celsius.
How much does nasal vaccine cost in India?
No word yet on price of nasal vaccine Incovacc in India. Keep watching the space for more updates.
What are the benefits of the nasal vaccine?
Bharat Biotech, the developer of the covaccine, lists the following benefits of the nasal vaccine Incovac:
- For starters, the nasal vaccine delivery process is non-invasive and needle-free, making it great for people who are afraid of needles.
- The nasal passage has excellent potential for vaccination due to the organized immune systems of the nasal mucosa
- Eliminates the risks and infections associated with needles
- Because of the simplicity of the delivery mechanism, the vaccine does not require trained health workers
Incovacc Nasal Vaccine Trials, Side Effects, Approval and More
- A Phase 3 trial of the Incovac nasal vaccine was conducted on 3000 participants, where it showed good immunity after two doses four weeks apart.
- Headache, fever, runny nose and sneezing can be side effects of the vaccine, but serious allergic reactions are rare.
- According to the company, people who have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine, and who have a severe fever or infection should avoid receiving a dose of the nasal vaccine.
- The needle-free vaccine received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India in November; However, its use is limited to emergency situations.
- Bharat Biotech says there is no possibility of post-Covid-19 immunization with Incovac.