India will begin vaccinating kids between the ages of 15 to 18 from January 3 subsequent 12 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced in a sudden tackle to the nation tonight. Healthcare and frontline staff will probably be supplied with “precautionary doses” from January 10 subsequent 12 months, he added. Folks above 60 years of age who’ve co-morbidities will even have the choice to take the booster dose on a suggestion from medical doctors. This will even begin from January 10.
The Prime Minister mentioned that as individuals put together to welcome the brand new 12 months with hope and celebration, it is also a time to watch out because the extremely contagious Omicron variant is quickly pushing up Covid infections.
He appealed to the individuals to not panic however watch out and alert. “Use masks and wash fingers often,” he mentioned.
PM Modi assured the residents that every one doable preparations are to be able to sort out growing infections. He listed the variety of hospital beds, oxygen beds obtainable, and vaccination progress.
“Covid is not previous us but. Being cautious is essential,” he mentioned.
“In the present day, the nation has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen-supported beds, 1.4 lakh ICU beds, and 90,000 particular beds for youngsters. In the present day, now we have over 3,000 useful PSA Oxygen crops and 4 lakh Oxygen cylinders have been supplied to all states,” he mentioned.
“Other than analysis on the vaccine, we had been additionally engaged on approval processes, provide chains, distribution, coaching, IT help system, and certification. With these efforts, India began vaccinating its residents on January 16 this 12 months,” he mentioned.
“In the present day, greater than 61 % of India’s grownup inhabitants has obtained each doses of the vaccine. Equally, about 90 % of the grownup inhabitants has been given a single dose of the vaccine,” he mentioned.