India to start vaccination of 15-18 years from January 3, 'precautionary dose' for vulnerable group from January 10
States advised to establish separate dedicated Covid Vaccination Centers for 15-18 years age group; Separate Vaccination team and separate queues for 15-18 age group to be maintained at all other Covid vaccination centres.
Updated on 29 Dec 2021, 4:05 am
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As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, the vaccination for the age-group 15-18 years is scheduled to begin from January 3, 2022, while administration of "precautionary dose" for the vulnerable categories is to commence from January 10, 2022.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan made the announcement during a virtual workshop on Tuesday with all states and UTs to review the rollout of vaccination for the age group 15-18 and Precautionary 3rd dose for vulnerable categories; Healthcare workers (HCW), Frontline workers (FLW), and those in the 60+ age group who have comorbidity.
For the vaccination of the age group 15-18 years, the Union Health Secretary informed the States/UTs that only ‘Covaxin’ is to be administered in this population category and additional doses of ‘Covaxin’ will be sent to all States and UTs.
The Union Government will share the supply schedule of ‘Covaxin’ with all the states and UTs in the next few days. Potential beneficiaries can either register themselves on Co-WIN from January 1 or avail of a walk-in registration when vaccination commences from January 3. Those with a birth year of 2007 or before will be eligible for vaccination under this category, he added.
All established protocols regarding vaccination are to be followed for the 15-18 yrs age group. Beneficiaries are to wait for half-an-hour when they will be monitored for AEFI and will be eligible for the second dose only after 28 days.
States have the option to designate some COVID Vaccination Center (CVC)s as dedicated CVC for the 15-18 age group exclusively which can also be reflected on Co-WIN. Dedicated CVCs would ensure that there is no confusion in administering the vaccines. For CVCs that are intended to serve categories in addition to 15-18 age group, the states were requested to ensure separate queues for the 15-18 age group and separate vaccination teams.
States are advised to form two separate vaccination teams at the same CVC, one for 15-18 age groups and other for all adults to avoid confusion in administration of the right vaccines.
With regards to the administration of the precautionary dose, the Union health secretary highlighted that nine months (39 weeks) have elapsed since the administration of the second dose to make the beneficiary eligible.
Bhushan emphasized that the Union Government has not issued any directions on the said matter and prescriptions/certificates are NOT mandated to be produced at the CVC for administration of the precaution dose. He also informed that CoWIN will send reminder messages to all those eligible for Precaution dose and Precaution dose will be reflected in the digital vaccination certificates.