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India’s vaccination program for children

India’s vaccination program for children

  • Context: India will be administering Covid-19 vaccines to children in the age group of 15-18 years from 2022.
  • This decision to vaccinate adolescents and administer a precautionary dose to vulnerable groups were taken in view of the recent global surge of coronavirus infections and detection of the new Omicron variant of the virus.
  • The Union Health Ministry has announced that Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will be the only vaccine that will be administered to eligible recipients in the age group of 15-18 years and children born in 2007 and earlier shall be eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Beneficiaries can register online through an existing account on Co-WIN, or after creating a new account and children can book a slot using their parents’ existing Co-WIN accounts.
  • All beneficiaries irrespective of their income status are entitled to get jabbed for free at government vaccination centres.

 

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