- Children will only be vaccinated against Corbevax
- Two doses of Corbevax vaccine to be given at an interval of 28 days
- Kovid-19 vaccination for children 12 to 14 years will start from March 16
New Delhi: The central government on Tuesday issued guidelines for the Kovid-19 vaccination of children in the age group of 12 to 14 years starting March 16. The government clarified that only children in this age group would be vaccinated against Corbevax. As per the guidelines, two doses of Corbevax vaccine developed by ‘Biological-E’ will be given to children aged 12 to 14 years at an interval of 28 days. The Central Government issued a letter and shared these guidelines with all the states and union territories.
Only Corbevax vaccine will be used
The letter states that the Kovid-19 vaccination of children 12 to 14 years will start from March 16 and only Corbevax vaccine will be used in immunization of all beneficiaries of 12 to 13 and 13 to 14 years. Vaccines have already been given to 14 to 15-year-old children during the 15 to 18-year-old age group. As per the guidelines, there were at least 47 million children in the age group of 12 and 13 in the country as of March 1, 2021.
Said this about the precautionary dose for the elderly
It said that all elderly people aged 60 years and above can now be given a precautionary dose and this dose will be given on a priority and sequencing basis after completion of nine months i.e. 39 weeks from the date of second dose. It has been clarified in the guidelines that the same vaccine should be used in the precautionary dose, which was given in the primary vaccination. It states that all children born in 2010 or earlier, who have attained the age of 12 years, will be able to register on the Kovin portal.
The date of vaccination can be booked only through the Kovin portal
As per the guidelines, “Covid-19 vaccination dates from Corbevax for children 12 to 14 years of age can be booked through the Kovin portal only. The vaccinator must ensure that it is being given only to children who have completed 12 years of age on the date of vaccination and if a child is registered but has not reached the age of 12 years, his vaccination not be done.” It said, “The registration can be done through the following means – through the account of a family member on Covin or by creating a new account on the portal with a new mobile number.”
No vaccine other than Corbevax is likely to be used
As per the guidelines, registration can also be done by visiting the vaccination centers in the prescribed format and the date of vaccination can be booked both online and offline. It added that children aged 12 to 14 years would be vaccinated in dedicated immunization sessions at immunization centers designated for them, to avoid the possibility of using any other vaccine other than Corbevax. The guidelines state that all citizens of the country are entitled to get free Kovid-19 vaccine at government immunization centers irrespective of their income.