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States, UTs to increase coverage of second dose of COVID-19 vaccine among teenagers

3D-printed small toy figurines, a syringe and vial labelled "coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine" are seen in front of India flag in this illustration taken May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Rajesh Bhushan, the Union health secretary, has addressed a letter to all states and union territories (UTs) urging them to increase coverage of the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 among teenagers.

The news: He further ordered that coverage of the second dosage among teenagers be monitored on a daily basis, both at the state/UT level and at the district level.

  • In addition to ensuring that remaining eligible beneficiaries receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a “time-bound manner,” Bhushan asked states and UTs to ensure that remaining eligible beneficiaries receive their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine in a “time-bound manner,” according to the letter.

What they’re saying: According to the health secretary, a “specific communication plan” should be implemented, with an emphasis on the country’s teenager population and their caretakers, to ensure that the COVID-19 immunisation regimen is completed on time.

Vaccination drive: From January 3 onwards, India began immunising people aged 15 to 17. According to data from the Union health ministry, 4,83,60,117 eligible recipients in this age group have received Covid-19 vaccination needles thus far. 4,72,32,018 people have received their first dose of vaccination, while the remainder 11,28,099 have had both doses.

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