Vaccination opened for teens in the 15 to 18 age group today amid a surge of Covid cases in multiple cities. Over 8 lakh teens have registered on the government’s Cowin portal and all will get a dose of Covaxin.
Over 4.5 lakh teenagers between 15 and 18 have accepted their first Covid shots as immunization for the age group that began today. The vaccination drive is being done in consultation with schools at hospitals and health centres.
A large number of schools and other educational institutions are being used as vaccination centres as well.
Those born in 2007 and before are eligible for the immunization. Over 12.5 lakh teenagers have registered for their jabs so far, as per data on the CoWIN website.
The Union Health Ministry has said just Covaxin will be administered to teens and additional doses of the vaccine will be sent to all states and Union Territories.
On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reported that vaccination for the 15-18-year age group will start from January 3.
The administration of the third dose of immunization for health workers, frontline workers, and vulnerable senior citizens will begin from January 10.
The clearance from the government came in amid a threat of growing cases of Omicron, the highly infectious variant that is sweeping Europe and the US, replacing Delta as the dominant strain.
Since schools and colleges have opened earlier this year, a substantial section of children and teens have contracted the virus. Several outbreaks have been reported from residential schools and college hostels.
The government is yet to take a decision on the booster dose for all.
Two new immunizations – – Corbevax and Covovax – have received clearance and might be used as supporter portions.