CoWIN chief Dr RS Sharma said that Aadhaar will not be mandatory for registration for the 15 to 17 age group. India has announced that it will begin vaccinating teenagers aged between 15 and 18 from January 3 and will provide a booster dose to eligible adults from January 10. The CoWIN platform will be upgraded for this purpose.
The union health ministry has said that Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is likely to be available for young adults from January 3. Amid the rising number of cases in the country, the prime minister said people must not panic and should continue following Covid protocol. “In India, many people have been found to be infected with Omicron. I would urge all of you not to panic, be careful and alert. Remember to wash hands and mask,” he said.
A nasal vaccine and the world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid will soon start in India, the prime minister added. “Those who have got two doses of the vaccines —frontline and health workers as well as people above 60 years with some comorbidities — and have completed nine months from the last dose of the vaccine, will be eligible for the third dose,” according to Sharma, who is also the chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration. “The other protocols will remain the same as before — like a person will know at the time of booking of vaccination slots which vaccine is available at the Covid vaccination centre,” said Sharma.
The beginning of a new vaccination phase from January 2022 will complete a year of India’s vaccination journey as the inoculation drive against Covid-19 began on January 16, 2021. Frontline workers and senior citizens with severe illness were the priority groups of the vaccination drive as well.