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

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

In a shocking address to the country on Saturday evening, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced the booster doses and Covid-19 vaccine for children, which PM Modi termed safeguard doses, for citizens and frontline workers, amid the Omicron scare. Kids aged 15 to 18 will be getting the Covid vaccine from 3rd January 2022. Senior citizens with concurrent will receive booster doses from 10th January 2022, PM Modi announced.

While the demand for a booster dose was being raised due to the outbreak of the Omicron variant, PM Modi, in his unscheduled address on Saturday night, said India's scientific community takes decisions only after an in-depth examination. Lauding the scientific community for its constant effort in the fight against the pandemic, PM Modi said, "Our scientific community carefully decided every point of the vaccine, when to take which doses etc. Now the scientific community has reached at some crucial decisions which I would like to share detail with you on the auspicious occasion of Christmas and also the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee."

'Safeguard dose' will be administered to frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidities. PM Modi said that senior citizens would be administered these doses only after consultation with their doctors.

The beginning of a new vaccination period from January 2022 will complete a year of India's vaccination journey as the inoculation drive against Covid-19 began on 16th January 2021. Frontline workers and senior citizens with severe illnesses were the priority groups of the vaccination drive.

Vaccine for children from 3rd January and precaution doses for frontline workers senior citizens from 10th Januaryunsplash image

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Speaking at length about Omicron, the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, PM Modi said there is no need to panic as India is well-poised in the fight against the virus thanks to its healthcare infrastructure. However, the covid pandemic is not over, and there is a need to maintain Covid-appropriate behavior, PM Modi emphasized.

About India's preparedness against any fresh surge in the pandemic, PM Modi said India is equipped with 90,000 beds for children and has reached maximum vaccination coverage in record time. Lauding the country's healthcare infrastructure, PM Modi said there would soon be nasal and DNA vaccines.

PM Modi's announcement of vaccine for children comes as the drug controller general of India on Saturday approved for emergency use of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children between 12 and 18 years, making it the second vaccine after Zydus Healthcare's ZyCoV-D to be approved for children below 18 years. However, starting from 3rd January, India will be administering vaccines to 15+.

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