The union's health department said Teenagers between the age of 15 to 18, who will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting next month, can register online at CoWin during the same from 1 Jan. They can also simply register onsite at vaccination centers to get vaccinated.
"Both walk-in and Online registration (through CoWIN) facilities will be available for 15 to 18 years," the ministry said. Vaccination for teenagers in this age group will be rolled out from 3 January.
The ministry further confirms that only teens who will be eligible for vaccination will receive doses of the Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr RS Sharma, Head of the CoWIN platform, reported on Monday that children in this age group will be required to submit “student identification cards” for the registration process. “We have added an additional (10th) ID card for registration: the student ID card because some may not have AADAR or other identification cards,” Sharma added.
According to the Union Health Ministry, specialized centers can be established for this. States have been recommended to establish separate Covid-19 vaccination centers for the 15-18 age group; In all other primary health care centers a separate vaccination team and waiting lists should be maintained for the age group 15-18 years.
Meanwhile, as of January 10, the precautionary dose or booster dose will be implemented for health workers (TS), front-line workers (PDA) and people aged 60 years and with comorbidities.
The ministry emphasized that a certificate / prescription is not needed to prove comorbidity to take the vaccine. However, people over the age of 60 have been advised to consult with their physicians before opting for a precaution dose.
60 persons were advised to consult with their physicians before choosing a precautionary dose.
Till Monday, a total of 142.38 crore doses of vaccine have been administered in the country.
The vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated in the first phase. The vaccination of front-line workers (FLWs) started from February 2.
The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1 for people over 60 and those over 45 with specific co-morbid conditions.
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