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Children’s vaccination begins: 41 lakh get first shot on Day 1

OVER 41 lakh kids acquired the primary dose of Covid-19 vaccines on Monday, the primary day of the vaccination drive for these within the age group of 15-18 years, in keeping with provisional information.

Whereas 41,27,468 doses of Covaxin have been administered to the 15-18 years age group, the whole vaccination determine touched 146.71 crore, in keeping with provisional information. With 33,750 new instances being reported within the final 24 hours, the lively caseload has touched 1,45,582; the every day positivity charge is 3.84 per cent.

“Right this moment we have now taken an essential step ahead in defending our youth towards Covid-19. Congrats to all my younger buddies between the age group of 15-18 who bought vaccinated. Congrats to their dad and mom as properly. I might urge extra kids to get vaccinated within the coming days,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

In response to official information, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat topped the listing of vaccinations (15-18 years group) on Monday. Madhya Pradesh reported 7,71,615 doses and Gujarat 5,55,312 doses. Three states reported over 3 lakh doses on this age group: Andhra Pradesh (4,87,269), Karnataka (4,14,723), and Rajasthan (3,57,018).

Nevertheless, 5 massive states administered simply over 1 lakh doses on this age group: Uttar Pradesh (1,66,996); Maharashtra (1,81,561); West Bengal (1,03,564); Bihar (1,70,603); and Tamil Nadu (1,87,710). 5 different states administered simply over 50,000 doses: Odisha (82,756); Himachal Pradesh (72,808); Assam (77,124); Uttarakhand (72,075); and Haryana (66,217).

On December 25, lower than a yr after India rolled out one of many world’s largest grownup Covid-19 vaccination drives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced vaccination for youngsters within the age group of 15-18 years. The choice got here within the backdrop of rising instances of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant throughout numerous pockets within the nation, and colleges and faculties re-opening in a phased method.

A day earlier than the rollout, Union Well being Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a gathering with the states on Sunday and requested them to make sure orientation of vaccination staff members for the 15-18 years age group, and identification of devoted session websites.

The states have been requested to plan for distribution of Covaxin to the earmarked websites properly upfront, as it’s the solely vaccine cleared for this age group. “To keep away from the mixing-up of vaccines throughout administration, separate CVCs (Covid vaccination centres), session websites, queues (if at identical session web site the place grownup vaccination is ongoing) and separate vaccination staff (if at identical session web site) are to be strived for,” Mandaviya instructed the states.

On Monday, simply hours after some media reviews alleged that expired vaccines have been being administered, the Union Well being Ministry issued a clarification stating that the reviews have been “false and deceptive and primarily based on incomplete data.” The ministry underlined that the shelf lifetime of vaccines “is prolonged by the nationwide regulator primarily based on complete evaluation and examination of stability examine information furnished by the vaccine producers”.

“The Central Medicine Normal Management Organisation (CDSCO) on twenty fifth October 2021, in response to M/s Bharat Biotech Worldwide Restricted’s letter no: BBIL/RA/21/567 has authorised the extension of shelf lifetime of Covaxin (Complete Virion, Inactivated Coronavirus Vaccine) from 9 months to 12 months. Equally, the shelf lifetime of Covishield has been prolonged by the Nationwide Regulator from 6 months to 9 months on twenty second February 2021,” the ministry mentioned.

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