COVID-19: Vaccines for 12-14 year olds, booster for all above 60 from this week

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced today.

Vaccination for children aged between 12 and 14 years will start from March 16, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced today. All those above 60 years will also get booster dose from the same day, as the condition of co-morbidity for those above 60 to get precautionary dose, has now been removed.

“The Union Government, after due deliberations with scientific bodies has decided to start COVID-19 vaccination for 12-13 year and 13-14 year age groups (those born in 2008, 2009 and 2010, that is, those who are above 12 years of age), from March 16, 2022,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The minister made the announcement on social media, stating that “If the children are safe, then the country is safe! I am happy to inform you that the COVID-19 vaccination of children in the age group of 12 to 13 and 13 to 14 is starting from March 16. Also, everyone aged 60+ will now be able to get precaution doses.”

The COVID-19 vaccine to be used will be Corbevax, manufactured by Biological Evans, Hyderabad.

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