Vaccination for children of 12 to 14 years: From January 3 this year, the vaccination program was started for children of 15 to 18 years. Now from March, the vaccination campaign will start for children of 12 to 15.
It has been a year since the start of the vaccination program in India. So far, the highest dose of 1 billion 56 crore corona vaccine has been applied in the world. This year, from January 3, the vaccination program was started for children of 15 to 18 years. Now from March, the vaccination campaign will start for children of 12 to 15 years. This information has been given by Dr. NK Arora, chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization on Kovid-19. Arora has said that from the end of February or the beginning of March, children of 12 to 15 years will be given the vaccine.
3.31 crore children have been vaccinated, the vaccination campaign for children started on 3 January is in full swing. 3.31 crore children in the age group of 15 to 18 years have taken the first dose of the vaccine so far. According to the data, so far 45 percent of children in this age group have been covered within just 13 days. Dr. Arora said, there are 7.4 crore children in the country between the age group of 15 to 17. Our aim is to provide the first dose of vaccine to all these children by the end of January. After this, we will campaign from February to give the second dose. By the end of February, the target of the second dose will also be completed. That’s why we want to start giving the vaccine to children between 12 and 14 years from the end of February or the first week of March.
Dr. NK Arora said, “Children of 12 to 17 years are very much like adults. Therefore it is very important to provide them protection against corona. Children of this age are very dynamic and they have to move around a lot. They have to go to school, college, meet friends, so they are also more prone to infection. This risk has increased with the advent of Omicron. Therefore, the government is now taking these children on priority and wants to bring them under vaccine coverage as soon as possible. Dr Pramod Jog, former president of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, said that the government should also bring children between 5 and 14 years of age suffering from any disease under the ambit of the vaccine.
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