Jab for 15-18 years age group begins
Covid vaccination of children 15+ began on Monday across the country, including in Delhi.
The decision by the Centre to vaccinate children in 15-18 years age group was started amid a scare of the Omicron variant and surge in Covid cases across the country, hinting at the start of third wave.
Delhi on Sunday saw surge in Covid cases with the city recording 3,194 fresh cases in 24 hours with positivity at 4.59 per cent and one death.
In Delhi vaccination centres for children have begun at Fortis hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, and other facilities, officials said. The vaccine option for this age group would only be Covaxin, according to guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry on December 27.
The CoWIN platform had till Sunday evening recorded over six lakh registrations in the age group of 15-18.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Saturday: “The Delhi government is fully prepared to vaccinate the children between 15-18 years of age. Keeping in view the ongoing situation, more than 3,000 beds have already been prepared for the children. All the healthcare workers are being trained and instructed properly for the treatment of the Coronavirus. There is no separate treatment for the different variants of the virus.”