Where can 15-18 year olds register for vaccines, what documents are needed and what vaccines are available? Everything you need to know.
Registration of people aged 15 to 18 will start on the CoWin portal from January 1, 2022, platform chief Dr RS Sharma said, adding that a student card will also serve as a identification to obtain the vaccine given to them. Stating that the vaccination will start from January 3, the official also said that there will be no changes in the process of registration and administration, compared to adults. Here’s all you need to know.
Where to register
Registration will work the same as for adults. Eligible people must register in advance on the CoWin application and make an appointment at a vaccination center near them. Students will also be able to use their student card as proof of verification before vaccination.
“We kept the process very simple. Children born in 2007 or before will be eligible for vaccination and can enroll from January 1. Vaccination will start from January 3. There are nine documents valid for identification and we have added another document for the children, which is their school ID card, ”RS Sharma said in an interview with CNN-News18.
The nine acceptable documents are Aadhaar Card, Driver’s License, Health Insurance Smart Card (issued by the Ministry of Labor), National Rural Employment Guarantee Law (MGNREGA) Labor Card of Mahatma Gandhi, PAN card, passbooks issued by bank / post office, passport, pension document, voter ID. People with co-morbidities will need a certificate from a licensed physician and more details can be found here.
What vaccines will be available?
Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is likely to be the only COVID-19 vaccine available, so far, for people aged 15 to 18, who will be vaccinated from January 3, official sources told PTI. The Zydus Cadila ZyCoV-D vaccine has yet to be introduced into the country’s immunization schedule, even for adults, although it received emergency use clearance from the drug regulator on August 20, making it the first vaccine that can be administered to the 12-18 age group in the country. Locally developed ZyCoV-D is the world’s first DNA-based needle-less COVID-19 vaccine.
“The Zydus vaccine has three doses and Covaxin has two. They (the people) will have a choice but they will have to see which vaccine a particular vaccination center offers. The choice will be there, but it will also depend on availability at particular vaccination centers, ”Sharma said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, December 25, announced that the COVID-19 vaccination for 15-18 year olds will begin from January 3, while the “precautionary dose” for frontline and healthcare workers would be administered starting Jan. 10. The decisions came amid an increase in COVID-19 cases linked to the Omicron variant of the virus. The precautionary dose will also be available for citizens over 60 and with co-morbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year as well, the prime minister said.
With PTI inputs