India has recently announced its decision to vaccinate children aged 12-18 against COVID-19 as part of its ongoing vaccination drive. The announcement comes amidst concerns over the third wave of the pandemic, which experts have warned may affect children disproportionately.
The government of India has made it clear that the vaccination of children is only possible after an expert panel approves the plan. However, once the approval is granted, the vaccination drive will begin shortly. As of now, there is no concrete timeline provided for the vaccination of children.
India is the latest country to join the list of nations that have started vaccinating children against COVID-19. The move is aimed at protecting children from the virus and slowing down its spread.
As of August 2021, India has vaccinated over 600 million people with at least one dose of the vaccination. The country has also administered over 150 million second doses. However, the pace of vaccination has slowed down in recent weeks, prompting the government to launch a nationwide campaign to ramp up vaccination coverage.
The vaccination drive has gained momentum in the recent past with special drives being launched for specific groups, including homeless people, transgender persons, and prisoners.
The decision to vaccinate children aged 12-18 is expected to be welcomed by parents who are concerned about their children’s health during the pandemic. With schools reopening in several parts of the country, the vaccination drive will help ensure a safer learning environment for children.