Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Saturday announced that from January 3, 2022, vaccination will start for children in the age group of 15-18 years.
“The move is likely to aid in education normalization in schools and will reduce the worry of the parents with school-going children,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation.
PM Modi also announced precaution (booster) dose for healthcare and frontline workers from January 10, 2022.
This has been done in the light of the amount of time that the frontline workers and health care workers spend in the service of Covid19 patients.
In India, this has been called ‘precaution dose’ not booster dose, the PM said.
The decision of precaution dose will strengthen the confidence of healthcare and frontline workers, the PM said.
“The Prime Minister also announced that option of precaution dose will be available for senior citizens above 60 years of age with co-morbidities on the advice of their doctors from January 10, 2022,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
Referring to the Omicron infections in India, the Prime Minister requested the people not to panic and to follow precautions such as masks and washing hands repeatedly.
The Prime Minister said the global experience of fighting the pandemic has told that following all guidelines is the biggest weapon in the fight against Corona. The second weapon is vaccination, he said.
The Prime Minister informed that the vaccination campaign started on January 16 this year has crossed the mark of 141 crore doses.
He credited the collective efforts of the citizens, scientists and health workers and doctors for this success.
The seriousness of vaccine was identified very early and along with research on vaccine, work was focussed on approval process, supply chain, distribution, training, IT support system and certification, he said.
Due to these efforts, 61% of the adult population of the country has received both the vaccines and 90% of adults have received one dose.
The Prime Minister emphasized that today, as the virus is mutating, our capability and confidence to face the challenge is also multiplying along with our innovative spirit.
He informed that today the country has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen supported beds, 1 lakh 40 thousand ICU beds, 90,000 ICU and Non-ICU beds, specially for children, more than 3,000 PSA oxygen plants, 4 lakh oxygen cylinders and support to states is being provided for buffer doses and testing.
Prime Minister Modi assured that soon the country will develop nasal vaccine and the world’s first DNA vaccine.
The PM emphasized that India’s fight against Corona has, from the very beginning, based on scientific principles, scientific consultation and scientific method.
The 11-month vaccine campaign, the Prime Minister said, has brought relief and normalcy to the everyday lives of the countrymen.
Economic activities have been encouraging compared to many countries of the world. However, the Prime Minister cautioned that Corona has not gone and alertness is of paramount importance.
Modi also cautioned against the efforts to spread rumours, confusion and fear.
He appealed to strengthen the speed up the world’s biggest vaccination campaign in the coming days.