Protection of the 15-17 populace making good progress, claims N.K. Arora

India might begin inoculating youngsters in the 12-14 age versus COVID-19 in March as the 15-17 population is likely to obtain completely vaccinated already, N.K. Arora, Chairman of the COVID-19 working team of the National Technical Advisory Team on Immunisation (NTAGI), said on Monday.

Of the projected 7.4 crore populace in the 15-17 age bracket, over 3.45 crore have received the very first dosage of Covaxin until now and their 2nd dose is due in 28 days, he said.

Active individuals

“Adolescents in this age group have actually been actively taking part in the inoculation procedure, and also going by this speed of inoculation, the remainder of the beneficiaries in the 15-17 age are likely to be covered with the first dose by January-end and also ultimately their second dose is anticipated to be done by February-end,” he claimed.

As soon as the 15-17 age group is covered, he stated, the federal government is most likely to make a plan choice for launching the inoculation drive for the 12-14 age group in March. According to him, there is a projected 7.5 crore population in the 12-14 age.

Provisionary vaccination records till 7 a.m. on Monday showed that with more than 39 lakh dosages being carried out in a span of 1 day, the cumulative number has exceeded 157.2 crore dosages. According to government information, over 3.45 crore very first dosages have actually been offered to youngsters in the 15-17 years age up until now.

India began carrying out the “precaution dosage”, the third jab of COVID-19 injection, to medical care and also frontline workers, including personnel deployed for election obligation and also those aged 60 and over with co-morbidities, from January 10 amid the nation observing a spike in coronavirus infections, driven generally by the Omicron variation of the virus.

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Resources: The Hindu

Last Updated: 18 Jan 2022