Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday tweeted: “On the occasion of New Year, registration is being started on CoWIN portal for immunisation of children against COVID-19 in the age group of 15 to 18 years from today. I request the family members to register the eligible children for vaccination”.
The national capital has also geared up with the vaccination centres ready to administer the jabs for the younger population.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that there was no need to set up separate vaccination centres for the teenagers as the city has already completed the administration of the first dose to all eligible and the same centres will be used for children too as people due for the second dose come only when it is scheduled.
Talking to IANS, senior paediatrician and Delhi Medical Council President, Dr Arun Gupta, said: “Covaxin is absolutely safe for teens as enough trials have been done. It is high time that we should shun anxiety, and come forward to participate in the vaccination.”
However, he added that while the decision was much awaited, the age group of 15 to 18 is too narrow and the government must consider the vaccination for school-going children too.
“The below 10 age group also should be included in the vaccination drive to keep them safe from pandemic,” he added.
In Tamilnadu Chief Minister MK Stalin launched the drive at a school in Saidapet, Chennai.
He arrived at the school in the morning, inspected the facility and also interacted with some of the beneficiary children.
All the headmasters were instructed to prepare the list of the students, who are entitled to vaccination and would send it to the authorities concerned in the Health Department.