The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization in India (NTAGI) has taken a decision in a meeting to vaccinate all the children and young people by March, next year.
In the same meeting, a discussion was held to vaccinate all the senior people with a booster dose.
The development of children vaccination came amid the reopening of schools for children across the country. As per media reports, the COVID-19 vaccine for children with comorbidities is likely to begin in January next year.
On several occasions, the Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya had mentioned that the decision to vaccinate children will not be taken in a hurry.
The government has planned to vaccinate the kids only after Bharat Biotech's Covaxin gets approval for children from 2 to 18 years. Covaxin has already been recommended for use in children aged 2-18 years.The government has planned to vaccinate the kids only after Bharat Biotech's Covaxin gets approval for children from 2 to 18 years. Covaxin has already been recommended for use in children aged 2-18 years. But it is yet to get the final nod for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).
Like many other countries, India too is thinking to vaccinate senior citizens with a booster dose. But in contrast to that, the Indian Council of Medical Research is not supporting the intention of vaccinating the booster doses among, senior citizens. Special emphasis has been laid on completing all the ongoing vaccination programs by the upcoming December.
All approved or emergency use authorized vaccinations have demonstrated ability in protection against moderate to severe Covid illness in people above 18 years of age. mRNA-based vaccine by Pfizer (BioNTech) has been given emergency use authorization.
An official said post-vaccination surveillance has to be more robust in children to identify potential safety issues in the future. The risk-to-benefit ratio will be different in children compared to adults given the very low risk of developing moderate to severe illness in children.
In the last 24 hours, India has registered more than 8,488 Covid-19 cases and 249 deaths. The total number of active cases in India has crossed 1,18,443. In the entire country, the Covid situation is worst in Kerala.