Thursday, 20 January 2022

Kids Can Register For Vaccines From 1st January

Kids Can Register For Vaccines From 1st January and Use Student ID Card

Kids aged 15 to 18 can register for the COVID-19 vaccine on the Cowin app from 1st January using their school ID cards, the government said Monday morning.

Chief of Cowin Dr. RS Sharma told news agency ANI that an additional slot had been created on the online platform to use their ID cards to register for the shots.

On Saturday, PM Narendra Modi said children in the 15-18 age group could get their first round of Covid vaccines from 3rd January.

The PM, who also announced booster shots for healthcare workers and frontline and those over 60, said vaccinating kids and something other countries have already done - will help schools and students return to the standard path.

Kids in India will be vaccinated with one of two shots, either Zydus Cadila's three-dose ZyCoV-D or Bharat Biotech's double-dose Covaxin, both of which have been cleared for kids over aged 12.

The drug controller has cleared Novavax of Serum Institute for trials on kids between seven and eleven years of age, and Biological E's Corbevax has been cleared for problems on children over five.

Neither Corbevax nor Novavax has been cleared for use as yet.

India is falling behind many other countries, including many in Europe, the US, the UAE, and New Zealand, offering Covid vaccines for children.

The decision to start vaccinating for children comes amid an alarming increase in Covid cases in schools.

On Saturday, at least 17 girls from Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district tested positive.

Read More: Vaccine for children from 3rd January and precaution doses for frontline workers, senior citizens from 10th January

Earlier this week, 51 kids at a school in Ahmednagar tested positive, after which 450 others were also tested, their results were awaited.

Last week a school in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka was sealed after ten students and a positive teacher. Before that incident, 69 people, including 59 students, tested covid positive in the same school.

In December, 18 students tested positive at a Mumbai school also.

However, the decision has met mixed responses, with some, including parents, expressing concern over possible side-effects on younger recipients.

India has, so far, given 141.7 crore vaccine doses, but only 58.1 crores are the second doses.

However, a massive 37 percent increase in Omicron Covid cases went up from 422 on Sunday to 578 this morning.

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