Amid concerns over the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant , India is all set to begin vaccinating the 15 to 18-year-old age group against the coronavirus disease  from today

It is, however, to be noted that only Bharat Biotech's indigenously-made shot ‘Covaxin’ will be used for vaccinating this age bracket.

 Union health ministry to all states and Union territories, additional doses of Covaxin will be sent to the states for administering the vaccine to this population category.

Those people with the birth year of 2007 or before will be eligible for vaccination under the category of 15 to 18 year-olds.

Who are potential beneficiaries of the vaccination drive?

States have been asked to ensure there are separate queues and vaccination teams for the 15-18 age group to avoid confusion with the vaccination process of all adults.

Potential beneficiaries began registering themselves on the Co-WIN portal from January 1; however, there is also the option of walk-in registration  at multiple vaccination centers 

states have also been informed that they have the option to dedicate a few Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) as ‘dedicated CVC’ exclusively for the 15-18-year-olds.

Where to get vaccinated?

The states have also been advised to ensure the orientation of vaccinators and vaccination team members for the immunisation of 15-18 year-olds.

Source: HT