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New COVID-19 guidelines for vaccination of children and booster dose

New COVID-19 guidelines for vaccination of children and booster dose

The number of coronavirus cases is rising in the country. Hence, the Union Health Ministry issued fresh guidelines for booster shots to the elderly and frontline warriors. The government also approved vaccines for children and booster doses.

In this context, the Ministry said that Covaxin is the only vaccine that has been approved for children aged between 15 and 18.

Also, the booster dose will be given to healthcare personnel, frontline workers, and senior citizens above 60 years with comorbidities.

Here are the new guidelines issued by the Ministry:

The precaution dose or third dose (booster dose) will be given to healthcare and frontline workers. They can access vaccination through the Co-WIN account.

People aged 60 years and above with comorbidities can also enrol on the Co-WIN portal for the booster dose which will be given from January 10, 2022. They will be given the booster dose as per the advice of doctors.

They can register through online and onsite modes. The details of the administration of the third dose will reflect in their vaccination certificate.

There should be a time interval of nine months between the second and third dose. That means a person should wait nine months or 39 weeks after the administration of the second dose to get the third dose of vaccine. The time is calculated as per the record of the Co-WIN system. All the eligible people for the third dose of vaccination will be sent an SMS when it becomes due as per the availability.

Children aged 15 years and above can register on the Co-WIN portal. All those born in 2007 or before are eligible to register to receive the vaccination from January 3.

As of now, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is the only approved vaccine to be administered to children aged 15 years and more.

Vaccine beneficiaries can self-register using the existing Co-WIN account or create a new account through another mobile number.

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