Amid the Omicron scare, the Union Health Ministry on Monday issued guidelines for COVID 19 vaccination of children between 15 – 18 age group. They also issued guidelines for COVID 19 healthcare and frontline workers, and senior citizens aged 60 years and above with comorbidities.
PM Narendra Modi on Christmas had announced that vaccination for children of age 15-18 will begin from January 3, while the ‘precaution dose’ will be administered to senior citizens (with comorbidities) and healthcare, frontline workers from January 10.
According to the guidelines, those healthcare and frontline workers who completed their 2nd dose of vaccine 9 months ago will be given the precaution dose. The Centre also announced that Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will be the only vaccine available for now for children.
CoWIN features and guidelines for healthcare, frontline workers and senior citizens (above 60 years) with co-morbidities:
- All the above-mentioned citizens can access their precaution vaccine dates through the existing CoWIN account.
- The eligibility of getting the precaution vaccine will be based on the date of 2nd dose of vaccine administration.
- CoWIN will send an SMS if you are eligible for the dose and by when you should get it.
- The registration and appointment will be done online or offline mode.
CoWIN features for children (15-18 years):
- All the children between this age group have to register on CoWIN. Children born in 2007 and after are eligible for this dose.
- Appointments can be done online or offline.
- The only available vaccine for them is Covaxin as it is the only vaccine with EUL for the age group 15-17.
PM Modi updated everyone in his speech on Christmas that more than 60% of the adult population are now fully vaccinated and 90% of them have received the first dose. The vaccine inoculation program first began on January 16 and so far, India was successful to administer 141 crore doses. He also said providing vaccines to children will let them go to school and attend offline classes that they are not able to attend for the past 2 years. He also said that there are more than 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen support beds, 1,40,000 ICU beds in India. Today the country has over 3,000 PSA oxygen plants functioning and 4 lakh oxygen cylinders are provided to different states.
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