Indian Government has asked its states and Union Territories to review the coverage of second dose, amongst adolescents daily, stating that timely completion of the Covid vaccination schedule is important to ensure full protection of vaccines to the recipients, .
In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said a well structured communication strategy, focused at adolescent population and their caregivers, should also be rolled out to make them aware about the timely completion of vaccination schedule and sustain their vaccine confidence.
Vaccination for Adolescents: India Achieves 63% coverage of first dose
“I hereby request you to direct the concerned officials to accelerate the 2nd dose coverage amongst due beneficiaries aged 15-18 years while also ensuring that remaining beneficiaries for 1 dose also receive it in a time-bound manner,” Mr Bhushan announced.
Noting that timely completion of COVID-19 vaccination schedule is important to confer full protection of vaccines to the recipients, Mr Bhushan said “it is important that the coverage second dose amongst adolescents is reviewed daily at your level at state/UT and similar review is undertaken at district level as well.
India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 167.80 Crore (167,80,54,625) today. More than 48 lakh (48,73,824) Vaccine Doses have been administered till 7 pm today. More than 1.34 Crore (1,34,51,315) Precaution Doses for the identified categories of beneficiaries for COVID vaccination have been administered so far. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late tonight.
The vaccination of 15-17 years old started on January 3 and till now 63 per cent have been covered with the first dose in a span of less than a month.