It is believed that the vaccination procedure for children aged 12 and above would begin soon in the country after the Central government authorized the first Covid-19 vaccine for the same.
CBK Mohanty, the Director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) in Odisha, stated on Saturday that the process of vaccinating children over the age of 12 will begin in the state only once the Centre issues the appropriate guidelines.
“Last night, the vaccination for youngsters received the required clearances. Because the Centre has yet to establish a nationwide guideline, it is impossible to predict when the process of vaccinating children in Odisha would begin. Because the Centre is in charge of the guidelines and vaccine delivery, the procedure will begin once we obtain the appropriate guidelines,” said Mohanty.
The three-dose COVID-19 DNA vaccine from Zydus Cadila was authorised by India’s medicines authority on Friday for emergency use in adults and children aged 12 and up.
ZyCoV-D is the world’s first plasmid DNA Coronavirus vaccine.
It’s worth noting that, in recent days, Odisha has seen an increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in children under the age of 18.
In the last 24 hours, 116 instances in the 0-18 age range have been recorded from various regions of the state.
Nearly 12% of the daily new Covid-19 cases reported from various regions of the State, according to Mohanty, are youngsters.
“In some places, like as Khordha and Cuttack, Covid-19 instances are still prevalent. People in Bhubaneswar are not following the Covid-19 guidelines, thus the rate is high,” he added. In response to allegations that certain nations have begun administering the Covid-19 booster injection, Mohanty stated that the booster dosage idea has not yet been endorsed or incorporated in national guidelines.