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.