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mandaviya: Over 70% children in 15-18 age group administered first dose of Covid vaccine: Mandaviya | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Over 70% of youngsters of 15-17 years age are now covered with at least the first dose of Covaxin, indicating that a majority of eligible adolescents have initiated vaccination – which crucial to protect against risk of severe disease and death due to Covid-19.
A total of around 7.40 crore adolescents are estimated to be in the age group of 15-17 years.
Total vaccinations among youngsters have picked up again since last two weeks after administration of second dose started from January 30, Co-Win data shows. However, the coverage of second dose continues to be low with only 1.5 crore adolescents of 15-17 years fully vaccinated so far.
Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya appealed to all those in this age group who are eligible for vaccination to get inoculated at the earliest. “Young India further strengthening the world’s largest vaccination drive. Over 70% of our youngsters between 15-18 age group have received their 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” Mandaviya said.
A total of 6.69 crore youngsters of this age group have been administered Covid vaccines so far.
“I appeal to all eligible young friends to get vaccinated at the earliest,” he added.
Officials said the slowdown in coverage of second dose could be because of many people, including youngsters getting infected with Omicron in January – immediately after receiving their first shot – which may have delayed their second dose schedule by three weeks.
However, the government has also extended the door-to-door vaccination campaigns to adolescents of 15-17 years to ensure all those eligible are vaccinated as per the schedule.

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