Amidst rising Omicron cases and many experts mentioning most of its effect on the younger generation, news for vaccination for children comes as a silver lining. On December 25, Prime minister Modi announced vaccination for children above 15 years will begin from 3rd January 2022.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted emergency use authorisation to indigenously-developed Covaxin for children above 12 years with certain conditions on Friday, December 24.
The Central Government has also come forward with a registration process for covid 19 vaccinations for children between 15-18 years of age. Dr R.S Sharma, CoWIN platform chief informed that eligible children will be able to register from 1st January 2022 on the CoWIN app.
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All the applicants would be required to submit their student id card, or class 10th class mark sheet. Sharma said, "We've added the student ID card because some children might not have Aadhaar or other identity cards".
Apart from this, front line workers will also be eligible for a 'precautionary' booster shot from January 10, 2022. The PM also shared that people above 60 years with comorbidities will also be eligible to receive precaution doses on doctors advice, 10th January onwards.
As the omicron concern is rising, it is important to keep calm and follow Covid protocols in order to stop the spread of the virus.