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India likely to begin COVID-19 vaccination drive for 12 to 15 age group from March

FILE PHOTO: A medical specialist holds the hand of a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Toxicology and Sepsis clinic of the Riga East Clinical University Hospital in Riga, Latvia. Picture taken on October 29, 2021. REUTERS/Janis Laizans

Dr. N K Arora, chairman of the Covid-19 working group of NTAGI, said on Monday that inoculating youngsters in the 12-14 age group against Covid-19 might begin in March because the 15-18 population is anticipated to be fully vaccinated by then.

The news: Over 3.45 crore (7,40,57,000) of the expected 7.4 crore (7,40,57,000) population in the 15-18 age range had got their first dosage of Covaxin, with their second dose scheduled in 28 days.

  • He believes that once the 15-18 age range is covered, the government will make a policy decision in March to begin the vaccine programme for the 12-14 age group. According to him, the population of the 12-14 age range is anticipated to be 7.5 crore.

What’s going on: On Monday, Karnataka’s health minister, K Sudhakar, announced that 287 new Omicron cases had been confirmed in Bengaluru, bringing the total number of new COVID-19 cases in the state to 766. Meanwhile, Delhi’s health minister, Satyendar Jain, has predicted that 14,000-15,000 cases will be reported today in the city.

  • The number of COVID-19 infections in India increased by 2,58,089 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 37.38 million, according to the Union Health Ministry. There were 385 deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 4,86,451, according to the government.
  • The number of COVID-19 instances is slightly lower than Sunday, but the number of deaths is higher, according to the ministry’s data.
  • Omicron cases in India have increased by 6.02 per cent in a day to 8,209, according to the ministry.

The total number of active Covid-19 patients is 16,56,341, with a recovery rate of 94.27 per cent.

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