Covid-19 vaccination: Children in 15-18 age group can register from Jan 1

By Jasleen Kaur -- December 27, 2021 1:36 pm -- Updated:December 27, 2021 3:30 pm

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."

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

-PTC News

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