The CoWIN platform has so far recorded over 6 lakh registrations in the age group of 15-18 years whose COVID 19 vaccination is set to begin from today.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya suggested states and UTs provide separate vaccination centres, session sites, different queues and vaccination teams for the 15-18 year age group to avoid the mixing up of vaccines.
The vaccine available for children is Covaxin for now, according to the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry on December 27. The DCGI granted emergency use authorization to indigenously-developed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children above 12 years with certain conditions on December 24.
The Union Minister interacted with health ministers, principal secretaries, additional chief secretaries of states and UTs on Sunday through video conference. He stressed the need to make sure that the new vaccination implementation goes smoothly.
He also ensured that proper orientation of vaccinators and vaccination team members will be done. The registration for children’s vaccine against COVID 19 began on 1st January i.e. Saturday. According to the latest guidelines issued, they can self-register online through the CoWIN portal. Since yesterday over 6.35 lakh children in the age group of 15-18 years has registered on the COWIN platform.
This decision comes after the rise of Omicron cases in the country. The Centre announced this around New Year to allow letting more students to join schools and attend offline classes that have come to a halt for more than a year.
More than 145 crore doses of vaccine have been administered in India.
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