COVID-19: India Gets Ready To Vaccinate Kids; Here’s How States Are Doing It

States across the country have made extensive preparations as the COVID-19 vaccination for teenagers aged 15 to 18 years begins today.
States across the country have made extensive preparations and set daily targets to inoculate as many children as possible as the COVID-19 vaccination for teenagers aged 15 to 18 years begins today, January 3. Education departments have set up vaccination centres at a number of schools to help with this, and children have been encouraged to come forward and help make the drive a success.

Here’s how states and major cities in India are preparing to vaccinate children against the Coronavirus.


At the nine designated jumbo centres, a total of 9.2 lakh children are expected to be vaccinated, with at least 500 teenagers being inoculated each day. The city has received 10,000 doses of Covaxin for children, and Guardian minister Aaditya Thackrey of BKC will kick off the vaccine drive at 11 a.m. today. The city has set aside five cubicles exclusively for children, complete with appealing posters and books with social messages.


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As the drive kicks off today, over 115,000 people are expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Noida. The health department has designated 27 government centres throughout the district to administer vaccines to those aged 15 to 18. Every day, around 300 doses of Covaxin will be delivered to each of these locations.


Here's How States Are Doing It
Here’s How States Are Doing It

The national capital, according to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, has the capacity to vaccinate 3 lakh children per day who fall into this category. The vaccination drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 3 at locations across Delhi, including schools, hospitals, and health facilities.


In Pune, 10,000 Covaxin doses will be given to teenagers aged 15 to 18 at 40 locations as part of the COVID-19 vaccination drive. These 40 centres are spread across Pune Municipal Corporation’s 15 wards, each receiving 250 doses. In the presence of Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, a symbolic drive will be held today at a local children’s hospital.


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In Jammu, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Manoj Sinha will kick off the COVID-19 vaccination drive. The vaccination drive for children aged 15 to 18 would take place at vaccination centres in selected schools across the union territory. During the drive in Jammu and Kashmir, up to 8.33 lakh children will be inoculated, according to the spokesperson.


The coronavirus vaccine will be administered to those aged 15 to 18 in Rajasthan starting today. The state’s Health Department has made all necessary preparations, and vaccination centres have been established in 3,456 government medical facilities across the state.

Tamil Nadu is a state in India.

A senior government official said on Saturday that the Tamil Nadu government has identified over 33 lakh children aged 15 to 18 who will be vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccination will begin on January 3 at the children’s respective educational institutions. In Class 10, 11, and 12, about 8% of those in the age group are enrolled in government-run schools and private institutions.

Madhya Pradesh is a state in India.

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A senior health official said that vaccination of 36 lakh school children in the 15-18 age group has begun, with plans to administer doses to 12 lakh beneficiaries in this segment on the first day. The vaccination drive is for 36 lakh registered schoolchildren in the 15-18 age group in the state.


The Assam government has decided to vaccinate approximately 15 schools on a daily basis, with students in grades 10 and 12 likely to be vaccinated first. By the end of February, the administration hopes to have fully vaccinated over 18 lakh school students in time for their annual and board exams.


On January 3, the Gujarat government launched a special week-long campaign to vaccinate 36 lakh children aged 15 to 18 years against COVID-19. On January 7, a mega drive will be held, with a focus on Class 10 students who will be taking their board exams this year. From January 3 to 9, a special campaign will be held at 3,500 locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Children’s vaccination centres have been established in district and community health centres, as well as primary and family health centres, by the Kerala government. Vaccination of children will be completed as soon as possible, depending on vaccine availability. The state education department will also assist children in registering for vaccinations as an alternative to online registration. To identify the vaccination centres for children, pink boards will be placed at the entrance of the registration counter and in the vaccination area.


The Goa government plans to vaccinate all 72,000 children aged 15 to 18 against COVID-19 in the next four days, after vaccination becomes available to them today. The state has already received 72,000 vaccine doses, which will be administered within 3-4 days beginning January 3rd.

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