On Monday, the government said children of ages 15-18 will be able to register on the CoWIN platform from January 1. Children have been permitted to use their student ID cards in case they do not have Aadhaar or any other identity cards for registration, CoWIN platform Chief Dr. RS Sharma told ANI.
PM Modi’s Christmas night address included children in the 15-18 age group will soon be included in the nationwide vaccination drive. The prime minister also announced a third ‘precautionary’ or booster dose of the vaccine for healthcare and frontline workers as well as those above the age of 60 who have comorbidities.
Sharma also confirmed that the first precautionary dose of the Covid vaccine will be given to those above 60 years of age who received their second dose of the vaccine nine months before registering for the third. The process of registration will be exactly the same, he said. This would mean that the first lot of recipients of the precautionary vaccine will be those who received their second shot by April this year.
The decision to keep the interval between the second and third doses at nine months has been based on the findings of five scientific studies carried out by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, top government sources who were part of the deliberations, told The Indian Express.
Source: The Indian Express, NDTV