PM urges kids in 12-14 age groups to get jabbed
As India started vaccination of children against Covid-19 in 12-14 years age group from March 16, 2022 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of scientists and innovators for manufacturing the vaccine and urged people in these age groups to get vaccinated.
As per the guidelines by Government of India, COVID-19 vaccination of children between 12-14 years begun from March 16 and only Corbevax vaccine will be used for the beneficiaries of age group 12-13 and 13-14 years, it said. Beneficiaries between 14-15 years have already been covered during the vaccination for 15-18 years’ age group.
According to the guidelines, as of March 1, 2021 there are as many as 4.7 crore children aged 12 and 13 years in the country. Also, precaution dose can now be provided to all persons aged 60 years and above and the prioritization and sequencing of this dose would be based on completion of nine months — 39 weeks from the date of administration of the second dose.
The guidelines said all citizens irrespective of their income status are entitled to free COVID-19 vaccination at government Covid centers.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has said today is an important day in India’s efforts to vaccinate our citizens and urged youngsters in the 12-14 age group and all those above 60 to get vaccinated.
In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said; “Today is an important day in India’s efforts to vaccinate our citizens. Now onwards, youngsters in the 12-14 age group are eligible for vaccines and all those above 60 are eligible for precaution doses. I urge people in these age groups to get vaccinated.”
“In line with India’s ethos of caring for the entire planet, we sent vaccines to several nations under the Vaccine Maitri programme. I am glad that India’s vaccination efforts have made the global fight against COVID-19 stronger.”
“Today, India has many ‘Made in India’ vaccines. We have also granted approval to other vaccines after a due process of evaluation. We are in a much better position to fight this deadly pandemic. At the same time, we have to keep following all COVID related precautions.”
Two doses of Biological E’s vaccine Corbevax would be administered to the beneficiaries in the 12-14 years age group at an interval of 28 days. Biological E Ltd has supplied 5 crore doses of Corbevax to the Centre and the vaccine has been distributed to states, sources had said.
Corbevax has become the third vaccine against Covid-19 in India and will be available at all centers where free vaccination is available.
Make sure to get ‘Tika Jeet Ka’ for a Corona free India: JP Nadda
BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda on March 16, 2022 in a tweet said, “On the occasion of National Immunization Day, free vaccination is being given to 12-14 year old children across the country from today to protect the future generation of the country from Corona. Along with this, all citizens above 60 years of age will also be given a precautionary dose. Make sure to get ‘Tika Jeet Ka’ for a Corona free India”.
Amit Shah congratulates PM for launching Covid vaccination for 12-14 age groups
Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah said in a country of 130 crore people, it was impossible to run the COVID-19 vaccination campaign with such speed without the strong will and leadership shown by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
He also congratulated the Prime Minister for commencing vaccination against the viral disease for children aged 12 to 14 years and the administration of the precaution dose for those above 60 years of age.