Beneficiaries In 15-18 Yrs Age Group To Start Getting 2nd Dose Of Covid Vaccine From Today

New Delhi: Beneficiaries in the age group of 15 to 18 years will start receiving their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Monday, officials said.

The drive to inoculate the adolescents in this age group had begun on January 3. Delhi has around 10.14 lakh beneficiaries in the age group.

Till Saturday, 8,04,690 beneficiaries in the national capital have been administered the first dose.

Covaxin is the only vaccine option for the 15 to 18 year age group, according to Union Health Ministry guidelines on December 27.

Last week, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said 85 per cent of Delhi government school students have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

He, however, remarked that the inoculation drive in private schools was going on at a snail’s pace.

As many as 21,029 children took the first dose on January 3 when the drive was first opened for children.

So far, 806,109 children have been administered the first dose of Covaxin in the capital, accounting for 77.5 per cent of the estimated number of children in the age group in Delhi.

So far, 2,71,310 precaution doses have been administered in the capital. A total of 9,70,000 healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people over the age of 60 years with comorbidities are eligible for the precaution doses. The persons currently eligible are the most vulnerable and the first to receive Covid vaccines after the drive was rolled out in January last year. As more and more people complete nine months after their second dose, the number of eligible people will increase.

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