Fact Check: Did Govt Say That Just One Shot Of Covishield Vaccine Is Enough To Prevent COVID-19?

A post is being shared on social media with a claim that government is now saying that only one dose of the Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pune-based Serum Institute of India, is enough to prevent the further spread of the infection.

A Twitter user shared with a claim which reads in Hindi as, “गुप्त सूत्रों से पता चला है कि~अपनी गलत नीति एवँ गलत निय्यत के कारण देश में वैक्सीन संकट उपन्न करने वाले मोदी जी! अब अपने टूलकिट के द्वारा जनता को ये समझाने की तैयारी कर हैं कि~वैक्सीन का एक ही डोज़ काफी है।दो डोज़ लेने से नुक़्सान हो सकता है। देखते जाइये!”

(Translation: As per the anonymous sources, due to the wrong agenda and wrong policy, Modi Ji has created a vaccine crisis in the country. To hide this vaccine crisis, the Modi government, through its toolkit, is trying to explain that one dose of vaccine is enough, a second dose can have side effects. Just watch.)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the claim and found it to be fake. 

On searching with a keyword, ‘Single dose of vaccine’, we came across a news report published by India TV on May 31, 2021. According to the report, researchers at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in a study found that a single dose of coronavirus vaccine for those who have recovered from Covid-19 is enough. 

ANI also tweeted the quote of Gyaneshwer Chaubey, professor in BHU’s Zoology Department. Chaubey told ANI, “We studied the effect of vaccine on COVID recovered & non-infected people. Antibodies in recovered people developed in 1st week.”

He also said, “While only 90% of non-infected people developed antibodies after 3-4 weeks, recovered people developed antibodies after 1st dose. By giving single-dose to recovered people we can overcome vaccine shortage. We’ve also written a letter to PM in this regard.” 

The New York Times had also earlier reported on February 1, 2021, that two different studies also suggest that only one dose of coronavirus vaccine is sufficient for those who have had COVID-19, especially Pfizer and Moderna.

A media report by Hindustan Times dated June 1 suggests that government scientists are studying if various combinations of doses of different coronavirus vaccines can be used for better efficacy and examine if only a single dose of Covishield can be effective.

We did not find media reports suggesting that government has approved only one shot of the coronavirus vaccine.

A report by Live Mint also quoted Dr V K Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, who clarified that the rumours are false. 

He said, “It is science’s curiosity that will be settled by science and we will give the needed inputs in the process. Till then, there is no mixing of vaccines… our schedule is very clear. Please stick to the SOP that doses of the same vaccine are to be given. If a change is to be made, we will share it from the same platform.”

PIB Fact-Check also refuted the claim that the government has approved one shot of the Covishield vaccine.

According to the tweet, there is no change in the vaccine schedule of the Covishield vaccine. The current time gap between two Covishield vaccination shots is 12 weeks and it is mandatory to take a second shot of it. The tweet also quoted Dr V K Paul, who said, “It is essential to take two shots of vaccine. In India two doses of Covishield is administered and there is no changes in it.”

Hence, from the above, we can conclude the claim is false and misleading.

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