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  • Vaccination for 12-14 age group likely from March: top govt expert
  • Dr NK Arora: 3.45 crore children in 15-18 age group vaccinated so far
  • Dr Arora: vaccination for 15-18 years group should be completed by Feb

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Vaccination for 12-14 age group likely from March: top govt expert

Vaccination for 12-14 age group likely from March: top govt expert

India may begin inoculating children in the 12-14 age group against Covid-19 in March as the 15-18 population is likely to get fully vaccinated by then, Dr N K Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, said on Monday.

Of the estimated 7.4 crore population in the 15-18 age bracket, over 3.45 crore have received the first dose of Covaxin so far and their second dose is due in 28 days, he said.

"Adolescents in this age group have been actively participating in the inoculation process, and going by this pace of vaccination, the rest of the beneficiaries in the 15-18 age group are likely to be covered with the first dose by January-end and subsequently their second dose is expected to be done by February-end," Dr NK Arora said.

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Once the 15-18 age group is covered, he said, the government is likely to take a policy decision for initiating the vaccination drive for the 12-14 age group in March, he said.

According to him, there is an estimated 7.5 crore population in the 12-14 age group.

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