More than 50L children got first dose of COVID-19 vaccine: Health Minister

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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday informed about the number of recipients of COVID-19 vaccine who belong to the age group of 12-14. He said over 50 lakh children have received their first dose of vaccine against Coronavirus.

“Another feather in the cap of the world’s largest vaccination drive. Over 50 lakh youngsters between the 12-14 age group have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Extremely proud of our young warriors! #SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine,” tweeted the Union Health Minister. 

The inoculation of children in the age group of 12 to 14 years against COVID-19 were started On March 16 with the Corbevax vaccine. 

In the latest, the government had also do away with the restriction of comorbidity for those above 60 years in order to receive the precaution dose.

“Taking the COVID-19 vaccination campaign forward, under the ‘ #SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine’ campaign led by PM Narendra Modi ji, the COVID vaccination of children in the age group of 12-14 has started from today. All people of 60+ age will also be able to get precaution dose from today. Let’s secure the country together, get the vaccine,” Health Minister had tweeted.

The beneficiaries in the age group of 12-14 will get two doses of Biological E’s intramuscular vaccine Corbevax in an interval of 28 days. 

Meanwhile, the government informed that India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 181.89 crore (1,81,89,15,234) as per provisional reports till 7 am today.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:March 23, 2022, 6:37 p.m.

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