New Delhi: On March 16, India begun inoculating children between 12-14 years against COVID-19, as it expanded its vaccination coverage in the nation. Furthermore, now everyone over the age of 60 can get the precautionary dose, which was earlier only available for comorbid citizens in that age group.
Children in the age group of 12-14 are being vaccinated with two doses of Hyderabad based Biological E’s intramuscular vaccine Corbevax, at an interval of 28 days. The Health Ministry guidelines have stated that the vaccine will be free of cost and one can register through CoWin app or walk-in to a vaccination centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to encourage all the eligible children to get the vaccine and protect themselves against COVID-19.
Today is an important day in India’s efforts to vaccinate our citizens. Now onwards, youngsters in the 12-14 age group are eligible for vaccines and all those above 60 are eligible for precaution doses. I urge people in these age groups to get vaccinated.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 16, 2022
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had earlier confirmed that only Corbevax vaccine would be used for the beneficiaries in the age group of 12 to 14 years. It has also become the third vaccine against COVID-19 in India and will be available at all centres where free vaccination is available.
Beneficiaries between 14-15 years have already been covered during the vaccination for 15-18 years’ age group, the Centre said on Tuesday.
According to the guidelines, as of March 1, 2021 there are as many as 4.7 crore children aged 12 and 13 years in the country.
The country widened its vaccination drive on January 1, 2022 by starting the inoculation for children aged between 15 and 18 years. On January 10, 2022, the country also started administering the ‘precautionary third dose’ to the healthcare workers, frontline workers, and citizens above 60 years with severe health conditions.
As of March 16, The cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 180.60 crore.
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