Children aged 12-14 may get more vaccination options – ET HealthWorld

Children between the age group of 12-14 years may have more Covid-19 vaccines to choose from when they get their shots.

People in the government are hopeful that by the time vaccination starts for this age group, results of clinical trials of Covovax and Corbevax, two other vaccines, would be available. Hence, these options will be explored, people in the know told ET.

The only option currently available for children above 15, who started getting vaccinated from January 3, is Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. So far, in the ongoing vaccination drive for adolescents, a total of 3.31 crore children between 15 and 17 years have already received their first dose. The drive, which started on January 3, has so far covered 45% of children in this age group.

The drug regulator had on August 20 given emergency use authorisation to a three-dose Covid-19 vaccine from Zydus Cadila, the first in India that can be given to people 12 years and above. However, this jab has not yet been included in the vaccination drive.

The government plans to vaccinate children between 12-14 years from February end or early March. “By then we may have more options of vaccines available with us,” a senior government official told ET. According to him, vaccines like Covovax and Corbevax may be available by that time.

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