New Delhi, first published December 25, 2021, 10:01 p.m. IST
India will vaccinate children between the ages of 15 and 18 from January 3, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday. Addressing the nation, in which he urged citizens to remain vigilant against the Omicron variant but not to panic, Prime Minister Modi also announced a precautionary dosage for healthcare and frontline workers from January 10.
The Prime Minister also made a third important announcement. He said citizens over 60 with co-morbidities will also have the option of a precautionary dose of the vaccine from January 10 on the advice of their doctor.
Listing the pattern of India’s vaccination campaign, the PM informed that the number of vaccine doses administered had passed the 141 crore dose mark since the campaign began on January 16 this year. For this, Prime Minister Modi credited the collective efforts of frontline workers, doctors, citizens and scientists.
Claiming that the seriousness of the vaccine was identified early on and in parallel with research on the vaccine, Prime Minister Modi said work focused on the approval process, building a supply chain, distribution , training and construction of an IT support and certification system. This, he said, had ensured that 61% of the country’s adult population received both the vaccines and that 90% of eligible citizens received their single dose.
Reiterating that it is time to remain vigilant, Prime Minister Modi warned that Omicron cases were on the rise in many countries around the world. “In India today, the number of cases is increasing. Don’t panic, but stay alert. Use a mask and continue to wash your hands regularly,” he said.
“As the virus is mutating, our resolve is multiplying. Our spirit of innovation is also multiplying. has shown us that following individual guidelines is an excellent weapon in the fight against the virus. And the second weapon is vaccination. ”
While warning people against efforts to spread rumors, confusion and fear over the new variant of the virus, the prime minister assured that the country would soon develop a nasal vaccine and the first DNA vaccine in the country. world. He reiterated that India’s fight against the coronavirus has, from the very beginning, been based on scientific principles, scientific consultation and the scientific method.
The prime minister further said that the 11-month vaccination campaign had brought some normalcy back to the daily lives of people across the country. He said that the economic activities had been encouraging compared to many countries in the world. However, the Prime Minister again stressed that vigilance was of paramount importance given that the coronavirus was not yet gone.
Last updated on December 26, 2021 at 2:05 AM IST