Goa receives 74,00 Covaxin doses to vaccinate 15-17 age group

Children born in 2007 and earlier are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Goa receives 74,00 Covaxin doses to vaccinate 15-17 age group

Children born in 2007 and earlier are eligible to receive the vaccine,

Gomantak Times

Goa has received the first consignment of Covaxin doses on Thursday, December 30, to inoculate over 74,000 children in the age group of 15 to 18 years against Covid-19.

"The first lot of 74,200 Covaxin doses arrived in the state during the day. The vaccines will be administered to children between 15 and 18 years of age from January 3," said Dr Rajendra Borkar, state immunisation officer.

To cover the maximum number of children, the state education department has been roped in to ensure that children are administered the vaccine on campuses of educational institutions, he said.

A team of nurses will visit schools to vaccinate students after taking a written consent from parents, the official said, adding that the second dose of the vaccine will be given after a gap of 28 days.

The Union Health Ministry had announced that Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will be the only vaccine that will be administered to eligible recipients in the age group of 15-18 years. Children born in 2007 and earlier shall be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Goa has witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last couple of days. The coastal state had recorded 170 new infections on Wednesday, with the positivity touching 5.25 per cent.

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