Medical experts have suggested vaccinating vulnerable individuals before recovered patients against COVID-19 to avoid further mutations.
The current COVID-19 guidelines state that a recovered patient can take the vaccine after three months. However, an expert panel is recommending the government hold off on vaccinating recovered COVID-19 patients. In addition, the panel suggests that once data on vaccine benefits in recovered patients is available, the individuals can be immunized. Therefore, in light of incomplete evidence, it is misleading to state that there is no need to vaccinate recovered patients.
Eminent public health experts from the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) and the Indian Association of Epidemiologists submitted their recommendations to the Government of India to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The panel said that to protect those most at risk from COVID-19, the government should tweak its current vaccination policy drive.
India Today stated that in the report, medical experts are urging politicians to be "guided by the logistics and epidemiological data" and prioritize the vulnerable individuals. While cautioning the government, they believe that "mass, indiscriminate and incomplete vaccination" could lead to further mutations.
The experts recommend vaccinating recovered COVID-19 individuals once more data of vaccine benefits in such individuals was available. Therefore, it will be misleading to say that there is no need to vaccinate people with documented COVID-19 infection.