New Delhi: From January 1, children in the 15-18 age group will be eligible to register on the CoWIN platform for Covid-19 vaccination.
CoWIN platform chief Dr RS Sharma said: "We've added an additional (10th) ID card for registration — the student ID card because some may not have Aadhaar or other identity cards."
Emphasising precaution in view of the rise in cases of Omicron variant of Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on December 25 announced three major decisions in the fight against the disease, including the start of vaccination for children in 15-18 age group from coming January 3.
In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was following scientific advice in the vaccination drive against Covid-19. "Vaccination will start in the country for children in the 15-18 age group years from January 3, 2022," he said.
"The government has decided that precautionary dose of vaccine will be started for healthcare and frontline workers starting January 10, 2022. Citizens above 60 years facing co-morbidities, they will have the option of taking precaution dose on the advice of their doctor," he added.
The Prime Minister said 61 per cent of the adult population in the country had been given both doses of Covid-19 vaccine while 90 per cent of the adult population has got the first dose. India started the Covid vaccination drive on January 16 this year.
The Prime Minister said the move to provide vaccination to children in the 15-18 age group was likely to aid in education normalisation in schools and will reduce the worry of the parents with schoolchildren.