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Vaccination for 12-14 age group doubtless from March, says high govt professional

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India could start inoculating kids within the 12-14 age group in opposition to Covid-19 in March because the 15-18 inhabitants is prone to get totally vaccinated by then, Dr N Ok Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), mentioned on Monday.

Of the estimated 7.four crore (7,40,57,000) inhabitants within the 15-18 age bracket, over 3.45 crore have acquired the primary dose of Covaxin to date and their second dose is due in 28 days, he mentioned.

“Adolescents in this age group have been actively participating in the inoculation process, and going by this pace of vaccination, the rest of the beneficiaries in the 15-18 age group are likely to be covered with the first dose by January-end and subsequently their second dose is expected to be done by February-end,” mentioned the NTAGI chairman.

Once the 15-18 age group is roofed, he mentioned, the federal government is prone to take a coverage resolution for initiating the vaccination drive for the 12-14 age group in March.

According to him, there may be an estimated 7.5 crore inhabitants within the 12-14 age group.

Provisional vaccination studies until 7 am on Monday confirmed that with greater than 39 lakh doses being administered in a span of 24 hours, the cumulative quantity has exceeded 157.20 crore doses.

According to authorities information, over 3.45 crore first doses have been given to kids within the 15-18 years age group to date.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 final yr with healthcare employees (HCWs) getting inoculated within the first section. The vaccination of frontline employees (FLWs) began from February 2, 2021.

The subsequent section of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 final yr for individuals over 60 years of age and people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid circumstances.

The nation launched vaccination for all individuals aged greater than 45 years from April 1, 2021.

The authorities then determined to increase its vaccination drive by permitting everybody above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1.

The subsequent section of Covid-19 vaccination has commenced from January Three this yr for adolescents within the age group of 15-18 years.

India started administering the “precaution dose” – a 3rd jab of COVID-19 vaccine – to healthcare, frontline employees together with personnel deployed for election obligation and people aged 60 and above with co-morbidities from January 10 amid the nation witnessing a spike in coronavirus infections, pushed primarily by the Omicron variant of the virus.

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