NEW DELHI: India opens vaccination drive for teens of age 15 to 18 from today amid surge in Covid cases. Around 8 lakh beneficiaries have registered on the government’s CoWin portal. As per the orders of Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, only Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will be given to this age group.
During his address to the nation on 25th December 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the vaccination of teens against the deadly coronavirus. He also declared that from January 10, 2022, healthcare staff, frontline workers, and citizens over 60 with severe health issues would receive the “precautionary third dose.”
- The registration process began on January 1st of this year. Beneficiaries can register on the Centre’s CoWin portal or come for walk-in registration.
- Children born in 2007 or before will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine within the 15-18 years group, according to the union health ministry.
- Children can use their class 10th ID card for registration instead of Aadhaar or other national identity cards, according to Dr. R S Sharma, CoWin platform chief.
- The vaccination drive, which is being carried out in collaboration with schools, is taking place in hospitals and health centers. At the vaccination centers, all established vaccination protocols must be followed.
- Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Health Minister, has urged states and union territories to take the appropriate steps, including establishing separate vaccination centers, to prevent the mixing of Covid vaccines during the delivery of shots to people aged 15 to 18. After 28 days, they will receive the second dosage of Covaxin.