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Actively participate in covid vaccination for children when it starts: Center to panchayat leaders

By PTI

New Delhi: The Center on Monday called upon all panchayat leaders to play an active role in COVID-19 vaccination for children once it is approved, expressing hope that it will help in reopening schools. will pave the way for

Vaccination for people below the age of 18 is yet to start in the country, which has already crossed the 100 crore dose mark in immunization of adults against COVID-19.

As part of Panchayati Raj webinar series under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav activities, Panchayati Raj Secretary Sunil Kumar interacted with elected representatives and office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions and appreciated their role in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj said in a statement that Kumar called upon them to play an active role in immunization of children in future and hoped that the availability of vaccines for children would pave the way for the reopening of schools and related activities. . .

Currently, three COVID-19 vaccines – Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V – are being administered only to beneficiaries above 18 years of age in the country.

These are all two-dose vaccines.

Zydus Cadila’s indigenously developed needle-free Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D is set to become the first vaccine that will be available to people in the age group of 12-18 years in the country.

It has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 has recommended that DCGI grant emergency use authorization to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children aged two to 18 years.

Both these vaccines are yet to be included in the ongoing vaccination campaign in the country.

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