Senior Congress leaders, including P Chidambaram and Rahul Gandhi, have started mounting pressure on the Centre to allow booster shots, even though the government has asked states to impose strict restrictions in districts reporting a high number of Omicron cases.
Chidambaram alleged that the government was exposing millions of vaccinated Indians to the new strain of the infection in its “mistaken zeal to protect” the economic interests of Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the Covishield vaccine.
“There is enough research and scholarly writing to conclude that booster shots are an imperative. The Lancet study on the efficacy of COVISHIELD — not more than three months — should ring the alarm bells. The time to allow booster shots is NOW,” Chidambaram said in a Twitter post.