India will vaccinate 15- to 18-year-olds for fear of Omicron

In India, 15- to 18-year-olds are being vaccinated against coronavirus as it aims to vaccinate the world’s largest adolescent population against fears that the new Omicron variant will create a new wave of infections.

Authorities reported 123 deaths and 33,750 cases of COVID-19 on Monday. In India, 1,700 cases of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant have been identified, according to the Ministry of Health.

Vaccination centers will be located in both public and private schools and school authorities are required to report their daily vaccination records to the state.

“Children will be vaccinated in their schools. “The vaccine can also be obtained from vaccination centers; just get in,” said Jai Prakash Shivahare, Gujarat’s health commissioner.

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Several countries, including the United States, Britain, South Korea and Thailand, have seen an increase in child cases in recent weeks and are encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.

It is hoped that 3.6 million teens in Gujarat, the state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will receive their first dose of the vaccine this week.

“We have the ability and the vaccines to cover the majority of teenagers. Shivahare urges parents to work together to ensure that their children are vaccinated as soon as possible.

The United Nations (UNICEF) estimates that India has about 253 million teenagers, the largest number in the world.

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As early as Monday morning, thousands of children, many accompanied by their parents, waited outside schools, medical centers and special health camps to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

According to the Ministry of Health, the government gives children only the Bharat Biotech Covaxin vaccine, as it is the only vaccine on the emergency list for children aged 15 to 18 years.

Adults in India receive Covaxin, the AstraZeneca vaccine known as Covishield, and the Sputnik V vaccine.

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