For children, foreign vaccines may be prioritized.
Children are still being vaccinated in other countries, and only those vaccines are being used. Those vaccines are also being considered in India, and trials are currently underway, as approval for the use of any foreign vaccine can only be granted after the trial. Along with this, many Indian-made vaccines are being tested on children, with results expected soon. Only after that will the central government allow children to be vaccinated. According to estimates, some foreign vaccines may be allowed to be administered to children.
New Delhi, In India, the coronavirus vaccination campaign is constantly being bolstered. During the third wave of corona, it was also observed that people who received corona vaccine did not have to suffer more serious illness as a result of corona, and corona mortality due to vaccination (Covid-19 mortality rate) has also decreased. This is why the Indian government is now considering giving the Corona Vaccine to children as well. A vaccination campaign for adolescents aged 15 to 18 years old was launched in the country on January 3, 2022, and work is now underway to provide corona vaccination to children as young as 12 years old.
According to the Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Deoghar, there are many countries where not only children over the age of 12 but also children under the age of Corona are given the vaccine. In India, vaccination for adolescents aged 15 to 18 years old will begin in January 2022. The Indian government is working hard to meet the target of vaccinating all adolescents in this age group. At the same time, the central government is seriously considering giving emergency vaccination approval to children under the age of 15 and up to 12 years. The plan is being developed, and a policy in this regard could be issued very soon.
In India, because of the effect of Corona, healthcare workers, frontline workers, and comorbid people over the age of 60 are being given a booster dose. In such a situation, the government’s priority is that they be vaccinated first, followed by the vaccination of children. Because India has the world’s largest and most vaccinations, vaccinated people have either not shown symptoms of corona or, if they do, are not seriously ill after the third wave of corona. Even when they have become serious and have been admitted to the hospital, their mortality rate has been very low. The majority of the harm has been done to those who have not been immunized. Since there is no vaccination for children, the government of India is preparing to cover the children as soon as possible.
Corona’s school closures have also had an impact on children’s education. Now that the schools are getting ready to open. Even one or two states have announced that schools will open in February. In such a situation, it is critical that the children who attend school are at the very least immunized.
70% of teenagers received their first dose.
According to Dr. Saurabh, over 150 million vaccine doses have been administered in India. In terms of vaccination of adolescents aged 15 to 18 years, approximately 70% of the population of this age group received the first dose of corona vaccine only in the month of January. However, complete vaccination will be considered only when its second dose is also given to them; in this case, complete vaccination may take three to four months longer according to the fixed schedule of Covishield or Covaccine. In such a case, it is expected that all teenagers will be immunized by the end of April. Meanwhile, the government can also start vaccination programs for children up to 12 years of age.