The Indian Ministry of Health announced vaccination against covid-19 for children aged 12 to 14 years, which will start on March 16, 2022. In a press release, the Ministry stated that “after due deliberations with the scientific organisms”, has decided to start covid-19 vaccination for children over 12 years of age.
The vaccine is for children who were born in 2008, 2009, 2010 or who are already older than 12 years.
He reported that the administered vaccine would be Corbevax from Hyderabad-based Biological E Limited. But it is developed by the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and Emeryville, California-based Dynavax Technologies.
Corbevax received an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Indian medicines regulator on February 21 for the age group 12 to 18 years. This is a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine, to be given over 28 days just like covaxin .
In particular, those in the age group of 15 to 18 years are already receiving the covid vaccine from January 3, 2022.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also urged the children’s guardians to vaccinate them.
This is how you can sign up
*In the same CoWIN or Aarogya Setu app, the child can register for vaccination using the mobile phone of one of the parents.
*An OTP will be generated which is needed for verification.
*Once the child’s proof of identity is updated in the new category using the Aadhaar card or the 10th ID card, the parent can book the child’s vaccination appointment at a time of their choice at a nearby vaccination center .
Because it is necessary?
While it helps prevent the child from becoming infected and spreading the coronavirus, according to UNICEF, if your child does become infected, a COVID-19 vaccine could prevent them from becoming seriously ill in a subsequent exposure to COVID-19 infection.
Addressing the myth that it is safer for a child to develop immunity by being infected with Covid-19 than it is to develop immunity by receiving the vaccine, said Praveen Sikri, CEO of Ikris Pharma Network. indianexpress.com “ Children’s Risks They are similar to adults. When children get COVID-19, they can be sick for several days and may also be at risk for prolonged post-COVID-19 conditions. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can protect a child from getting COVID-19. If a child contracts COVID-19, it can also protect them from developing serious illness, hospitalization, or long-term complications. Immunizing children will increase herd immunity and help prevent future waves of coronavirus. We strongly recommend that all parents get their children ages 12-14 vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Are there any children who should not be vaccinated against Covid-19?
UNICEF advises in its FAQ guidelines that the vaccine should not be administered to a child with a known history of allergic reaction to the ingredients of the vaccine. for children with comorbidities and any other current illness, consultation with their physician for the correct guidance is essential.
Do children also experience mild side effects after vaccination like adults?
UNICEF notes that some children may have mild pain and swelling where they received the injection and may feel more tired than usual. Headache, body aches, fever, and chills are also possible. However, these side effects usually go away within a day or two.
Pre and post vaccination precautions according to UNICEF
*Avoid getting vaccinated on an empty stomach.
*Wait 30 minutes at the vaccination site after being vaccinated
*If there is any doubt during this period, consult the center staff.
*Even during and after vaccination, appropriate Covid-19 behavior such as hand sanitizing, wearing a mask , and maintaining physical distancing must be followed.