Age 15-18 Vaccination Starts, Over 4.5 Lakh Jabbed So Far

New Delhi: 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 received their first Covid shots as immunisation for the age group started today. The vaccination drive is being carried out 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 vaccine. Over 12.5 lakh teenagers have registered for their jabs so far, as per data on CoWIN website.

The Union Health Ministry has said only 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 announced that vaccination for the 15-18-year age group will begin from January 3.

The administration of a third dose of vaccine for health workers, frontline workers and vulnerable senior citizens will begin from January 10.

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 vaccines — Corbevax and Covovax – have received clearance and may be used as booster doses. Sources said the new vaccines might be considered for the use of children as well.

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