New Delhi: Children in the 15-18 age group, who are eligible for vaccination from January 3 next year, will only be administered doses of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine, sources in the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
According to the Union Health Ministry, dedicated centres can be established for the same. The ministry has advised states and Union Territories to train vaccinators for the exercise.
On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that Covid-19 vaccination for children in the 15-18 age group will start from January 3.
Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for emergency use for those in the 12-18 age group.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the move to provide vaccination to children in the 15-18 age group was likely to aid in education normalisation in schools and would reduce the worry of the parents with schoolchildren.
"The decision regarding precaution dose for frontline and health workers has been done in light of the amount of time that they spend in the service of Covid-19 patients," PM Modi said. "The decision of precaution dose will strengthen the confidence of healthcare and frontline workers," he added.
Referring to the Omicron infections in India, PM Modi urged people not to panic and to follow precautions such as masks and washing hands repeatedly. He assured that nasal vaccine and the world's first DNA vaccine would be available for vaccination soon in the country.