In view of the rising cases of omicron type of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced vaccination against COVID-19 for the age group of 15-18 years from January 3.
In his address to the nation, PM Modi also said that a “precautionary dose”, or booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, will be given to healthcare and frontline workers and people above 60 years of age with co-morbidities from January 10, will be given.
PM Modi’s address came hours after India’s Drugs Controller General (DCGI) granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to indigenously developed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children above 12 years with certain conditions.
This is the second vaccine after Zydus Cadila’s needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D to receive DCGI approval for use among people under the age of 18.
PM Modi also said that the administration of nasal vaccine and the world’s first anti-covid DNA vaccine will start in India soon.
Who will be given the booster dose?
A “precautionary dose”, known as a booster dose, will be administered to health care and frontline workers. While people above 60 years of age with co-morbidities are also eligible for a booster dose, PM Modi said such doses for this group would be optional, and they can take them after a doctor’s recommendation.