India will begin immunizing children aged 12 to 14 years from 16th March as it develops its COVID-19 vaccination range, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Monday. The state of co-morbidity for people aged 60 and above to get a preventive dose will also be removed. Everyone in that age category can now take supporter shots.
“Union Government after due deliberations with scientific bodies has decided to start COVID19 vaccination for 12-13 yr and 13-14 yr age groups (those born in 2008, 2009 and 2010. i.e those who are already above 12 years of age) of the population from 16th March 2022,” the health ministry said in a statement.
The COVID-19 vaccine to be issued would be Corbevax manufactured by Biological Evans, Hyderabad.
Announcing in Hindi on social media platform Koo, the minister said, “If the children are safe then the country is safe! I am happy to inform you that the COVID-19 vaccination of children in the age group of 12 to 13 and 13 to 14 is starting from March 16. Also, everyone aged 60+ will now be able to get precaution doses.”
He also provoked the homes of children and people in the age group of 60+ to get vaccinated. All those above 14 years of age are already being vaccinated.