Due to an increase in Covid cases in numerous areas, vaccination is now available for youths aged 15 to 18. Over 8 lakh teenagers have signed up for Covaxin through the government’s CoWin portal, and each will receive a dose.
The vaccination campaign, which is being carried out in collaboration with schools, is taking place in hospitals and health centres.
Vaccination centres are also being employed in a huge number of schools and other educational organisations. Those who were born before 2007 are eligible for the immunisation.
Only Covaxin will be given to teenagers, according to the Union Health Ministry, and more doses of the vaccine will be distributed to all states and union territories.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on December 25 that vaccinations for those aged 15 to 18 will begin on January 3.
Beginning January 10, health personnel, frontline workers, and vulnerable senior residents will receive the third dosage of vaccine.
The government’s approval comes amid a growing threat of Omicron, a highly contagious variation that is sweeping Europe and the United States, threatening to supplant Delta as the prevalent strain.
A large number of youngsters and teenagers have been infected with the virus since schools and colleges started earlier this year. Several outbreaks in residential schools and college dorms have been documented.
The administration has yet to make a decision on a universal booster shot.
Corbevax and Covovax, two novel vaccinations, have been approved.
Corbevax and Covovax, two new vaccines that have been cleared for use as booster doses, have been approved. According to sources, the new vaccines may be evaluated for use in youngsters as well.