Vaccination for 12-14 year old children to start in March

As India rapidly vaccinates many 15-18year old children. India might start vaccinating 12-14 year old Children from March.

NewsBharati    18-Jan-2022 12:57:17 PM
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New Delhi, Jan 18: As India completed over 150 crore vaccine doses with many children between the age of 15-18 getting vaccinated, India might start vaccinating 12-14 year old children from the month of March.

Dr NK Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of NTAGI, on Monday said that the country may start inoculating children in the 12-14 age group against coronavirus in March as the 15-18 population is expected to get fully vaccinated by then.
Of the estimated 7.4 crore (7,40,57,000) population in the 15-18 age bracket, more than 3.45 crore have received the first dose of Covaxin till now and their second dose is due in 28 days, Arora said.
He further said, "Adolescents in this age group have been actively participating in the inoculation process, and going by this pace of vaccination, the rest of the beneficiaries in the 15-18 age group are likely to be covered with the first dose by January-end and subsequently their second dose is expected to be done by February-end."
Once the 15-18 age group is covered, the Centre is likely to take a policy decision for initiating the vaccination drive for the 12-14 age group in March, said the Chairman of the Covid working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).
He said that there is an estimated 7.5 crore population in the 12-14 age group. Provisional Covid-19 vaccination reports till 7 am today showed that with more than 39 lakh doses being administered in a span of 24 hours, the cumulative number has exceeded 157.20 crore doses.
According to the central government data, more than 3.45 crore first doses have been given to children in the 15-18 years age group so far. The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started from February 2, 2021.
The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 last year for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specific comorbid conditions. The country launched vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years from April 1, 2021.
The government then decided to expand its vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 to be vaccinated from May 1. The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination commenced from January 3 this year for adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years.