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Kovacsin Shots for Children Ages 15-18: Government of India

In the guidelines released yesterday, the Indian Ministry of Health said that Covaxin, a Covid-19 vaccine from Barrat Biotech, will be the only injection available to children aged 15-18 years who began vaccination on January 3. Said that it would be.
“This (covaxin) is the only vaccine that has an emergency use list for the age group of 15 to 18 years,” the Federal Ministry of Health said yesterday.
Covid-19 infections are declining in India, with an average of 6,642 new cases reported daily. This corresponds to the highest daily average of 2% reported on May 9.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 34.8 million infections in the country, with nearly 480,000 reporting coronavirus-related deaths.
However, the number of cases of Omicron is increasing rapidly in India, and the overall number of infections is reported to exceed 400 in 17 Indian states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is accelerating vaccination campaigns, with 90% of the qualifying 944 million population receiving at least one dose and 62% receiving both. increase.
With millions still waiting for a second shot, authorities will begin offering booster shots to healthcare and frontline workers suffering from the overwhelming second wave of the virus that killed tens of thousands this summer. ..
Health professionals say India needs to double vaccination campaigns and expand coverage, especially to avoid another possible surge in infections in vast hinterland where medical facilities are sparse. Said.
Modi continued to wear face masks and urged citizens to follow other Covid-19 protocols.
The federal government has also urged states to impose overcrowding on the festive season until the New Year, with some states partially banning public celebrations.
A former senior epidemiologist at AIIMS, the lead researcher in the institute’s covaxin trials for adults and children, called the central government’s decision to vaccinate children against Covid “unscientific.” He said it would not bring any additional benefits.
Dr. Sanjay K Rai, also president of the Indian Public Health Association, said data from countries that have already started vaccination of children need to be analyzed before making a decision.
Vaccination of children aged 15-18 will reduce the worries of school and college children and their parents, help fight the pandemic, and help normalize education at school. Said.
Meanwhile, Gujarat reported 24 new cases of Omicron yesterday, raising the state’s count to 73, officials said.
According to State Department officials, the city of Ahmedabad has led 13 new cases, 9 of which have traveled abroad and 4 of which have no travel history. All four cases reported in the city of Ganginagar had an international travel history, but the three detected in the new subspecies in Rajkot had no travel history. He added that one case was reported each in the Amreli, Anand, Bharuch and Vadodara districts.
Previously, Mumbai reported 809 Covid cases and 3 deaths. According to officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the city’s total was 7,71,921 and the toll was 16,373. He noted that the addition for that day was a reduction from the 922 cases reported on Sunday.
After 335 discharges during the day, recovery increased to 7,48,199, leaving 4,765 active cases in Mumbai, he said. 43,383 samples have been surveyed in the last 24 hours, and the number of tests on national financial capital has reached 1,34,92,241, as shown by BMC data.
Meanwhile, the Kerala state government yesterday decided to impose a curfew on the state to curb the spread of Omicron variants. The curfew is valid from December 30th to January 2nd. The main purpose of the restrictions is to limit congestion in connection with the celebration of the New Year. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pinaraien Villayan, who considered the situation in the state’s Covid-19.
According to a press release, the conference will not allow New Year celebrations after 10 pm on December 31, and clubs, hotels, restaurants and eateries will remain at 50% capacity.



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