With 2 crore teens fully vaccinated, minister tweets: "Young India..."

Published on Feb 18, 2022 03:50 PM IST

Coronavirus: India began vaccination of those in the 15-18 age group in January. The teens are being given Covaxin doses. 

Gurugram: A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram, (File photo) (PTI)
Gurugram: A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary, at a vaccination centre, in Gurugram, (File photo) (PTI)
By | Written by Swati Bhasin

India has fully vaccinated over two crore teens in the 15-18 age group, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted on Friday.

“Young India taking the world's largest vaccination drive to the next level! Over 2 crore youngsters between 15-18 age group are now fully vaccinated against #COVID19 (sic),” the minister wrote on Twitter.

India began vaccinating those in the 15-18 age group in January. The teens are being given Covaxin doses.

The booster doses for the frontline workers and those above 60 with illnesses also started last month.

The country saw an unprecedented surge in Covid cases in January, driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant. Most big cities – including Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru – brought back curbs as India entered the third wave.

This had sparked fresh concerns over the vaccination of children with schools pushed to continue with online classes.

Over the last two weeks, however, India has seen a drop in daily infections.

Earlier this week, the government told the states and union territories to review the restrictions. Shortly after, Haryana lifted all Covid curbs.

On Friday morning, India registered 25,920 infections – the daily surge has been below the 50,000-mark since February 12.

The country has given over 170 crore doses of vaccines so far. A majority of people have been administered Covishield.

More than 74 crore people of the country’s 130 crore plus population has received both the doses.

It is not yet clear if the vaccination for children below 15 years of age will begin soon.

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