Covaxin shots will be available to children aged 15 to 18 starting January 1st, either online through CoWin or in person at immunisation centres.
As of January 10, prioritisation and sequencing for healthcare and frontline workers, as well as individuals aged 60 and older with comorbidities, would be based on completing nine months or 39 weeks from the date of the second dose, according to the government’s instructions.
According to National Health Authority chief executive RS Sharma, children can register on the CoWin portal using their school IDs. They can register online using an existing account or establish a new one. When registering on the portal, beneficiaries aged 60 and up will be required to declare their comorbidity and provide a certificate from a qualified doctor at the immunisation site.
The Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, has called a conference with states and union territories to review the recommendations’ implementation and to analyse the evolving Omicron situation across the country.
“Anyone over the age of 15 can participate in CoWin.” To put it another way, anyone born in or before the year 2007 is eligible. According to the instructions, beneficiaries can self-register online using an existing CoWIN account or by creating a new account using a unique cellphone number. The instructions stated, “This facility is currently available for all eligible citizens.”
Healthcare and frontline employees, as well as residents aged 60 and up with comorbidities, will be able to get the precaution dosage vaccine through their current CoWin account. The CoWin system will send an SMS to eligible users when the prophylactic dose is due, according to the rules. Information on how the prophylactic dosage was given will be included on vaccination certificates.
Nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers will be eligible for the Covid vaccination booster shot in January, which will be administered nine months after the second dosage. In addition, Covaxin would be available to 6-7 crore children aged 15 to 18 years old.
According to the health ministry, the precaution dose, or third dose, of Covid vaccinations is being administered to health and frontline workers as a “matter of abundant precaution.” While an estimated three crore persons over the age of 60 are projected to have comorbidities, only a tiny number may be eligible for the third dose in January due to the needed nine-month interval.