New Delhi: News agency ANI tweeted that the Union Health Ministry has not yet taken any decision on vaccination of 12-14 year olds.
The news comes a day after a minor had urged the Delhi High Court to direct the Center and the authorities concerned to give a road map for COVID-19 vaccination for children below the age of 12 years.
Senior advocate Kailash Vasudev, appearing for the minor petitioner on Monday, said that no roadmap has been given by the government for immunization of children of 12 years and below. The road map is provided only for those who are 15-18 years old.
India launched the COVID vaccination campaign for the age group of 15-18 from January 3 this year. Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday informed that over 3.5 crore children in the age group of 15-18 years have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far in the country.
Mandaviya in a tweet said, “Amazing enthusiasm in young India for COVID-19 vaccination. Over 35 crore children in the age group of 15-18 have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since January 3rd. To all my young friends Congratulations to those who have vaccinated.”
Potential beneficiaries born in 2007 or earlier are eligible for vaccination. The Center has approved Bharat Biotech’s COVID Vaccine (Covaxin) only for young children. Students can register themselves on the Co-Win portal or get vaccinated by providing ID proof.
Meanwhile, India recorded 2,38,018 new Covid infections in a day, taking the tally to 37,618,271, including 682 Omicron variant cases, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am today.
first published:Jan. 18, 2022, 10:36 a.m.