The Subject Expert Committee of the Central Government on Tuesday approved the vaccine for children in the age group of 2 to 18 years. Covaccine maker Bharat Biotech submitted the results of trials on children to the government.
The expert committee, after analyzing the results, found that there is no serious risk to children from the vaccine. Therefore, the company may brand the vaccine for children. This is the same vaccine that is currently being administered to adults. The company or the government has not yet set a date about when children will start getting the vaccine. However, the company is assuming that children will start getting vaccines before Diwali. Covaccine is the second vaccine in the country approved for children. Zydus Cadila’s Dyakov-D has already been approved. It is approved for children above 12 years of age. There are around 80 lakh children in the age group of 2 to 18 years in Haryana.
Which children will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later… it is yet to be decided
So far it has been the case that people with severe disease are vaccinated first, as was the case with 45+. Vaccines for children may also be introduced in a similar way. Health ministry sources said that soon it may be decided that children with serious illness should be vaccinated first. A meeting of experts can be held in this regard in the next two-three days.
4 vaccines for children, 2 approved so far
Minister said – no approval has been received from DCGI yet
Union Minister of State for Health Bharti Praveen Pawar made the opposite statement on the approval of the corona vaccine for children, hours after the recommendation of the Subject Expert Committee regarding the vaccine. He said on Tuesday that work on this is going on right now. There is some confusion and talks are on with the expert committee. DCGI approval has not yet been received.
84% of the beneficiaries got at least 1 dose in the state
After getting the approval of the vaccine for children, the Haryana Health Department is waiting for the guidelines of the Central Government. However, sources say that apart from setting up camps in schools and other public places, children can also be vaccinated from door to door. So far, out of 2.05 crore people above 18 years of age in the state, at least one dose has been administered to 1.72 crore. That is, 84% of the population has been covered. Of these, 70.23 lakh i.e. 34.26% people have taken both the doses.