India may begin vaccination for 12-14 year age group in March: Top govt official

A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020.

Vaccination of children in the age group of 12 to 14 against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) may begin in March once the inoculation of those in the 15-18 year category is completed, and a policy decision in this regard may be taken accordingly.

Dr NK Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of NTAGI, said, of the estimated 7.4 crores (7,40,57,000) population in the 15-18 age group, over 3.45 crore have received their first dose of Covaxin so far, with the second one due in 28 days.

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya shared on Twitter earlier that over 3.5 crore children in the 15-18 age group had received their first dose since January 3, when the drive was expanded to include the young adults.

Vaccination of children in the age group of 12 to 14 against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) may begin in March once the inoculation of those in the 15-18 year category is completed, and a policy decision in this regard may be taken accordingly.

Dr NK Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of NTAGI, said, of the estimated 7.4 crores (7,40,57,000) population in the 15-18 age group, over 3.45 crore have received their first dose of Covaxin so far, with the second one due in 28 days.

Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya shared on Twitter earlier that over 3.5 crore children in the 15-18 age group had received their first dose since January 3, when the drive was expanded to include the young adults.