The COVID-19 vaccination drive for children aged 15 to 18 years has started from 3rd January 2022 across the country. Prime Minister, Dr. Narendra Modi had announced the vaccination event on 25th December 2021. However, the administration of precautionary third dose for the vulnerable categories is to commence from January 10, 2022. However, the administration of precautionary third dose for the vulnerable categories will begin from 10th January 2022.
The vaccine option for this age group would only be Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, according to guidelines issued by the Union health ministry on 27 December. The Drugs Controller General of India granted emergency use authorisation to indigenously-developed Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children above 12 years with certain conditions on 24 December.
States have been asked to ensure there are separate queues and vaccination teams for the 15-18 age group to avoid confusion with the vaccination process of all adults.
Potential beneficiaries have registered themselves on the Co-WIN portal from January 1 2022. However, there is also the option of walk-in registration (albeit limited) at multiple vaccination centers when the immunisation drive begins today.
Where to vaccinated?
Most of the existing vaccination centres will have separate queues, however the states have dedicated a few Covid Vaccination Centres for the children aged 15 to 18 years. The same shall also reflect on the Co-WIN app to ensure that there is no confusion in administering the vaccines to the different age groups.
How to register for COVID-19 Vaccine for children aged 15 to 18 years?
The steps to follow for vaccine registration is as follows-
- Visit the official website of Cowin.gov.in
- Click on Register/Sign-In
- Enter mobile number
- Get OTP via SMS on Mobile Number
- After your mobile number is verified with the OTP, share details such as name, age, gender and a photo ID.
- Upload photo ID. Apart from Aadhaar and other national identity cards, school IDs of children eligible for vaccination too will be accepted.
- Once the registration is over, schedule your vaccination appointment by selecting a date and centre.
- Select the vaccination centre by entering your pin code or searching district-wise in the drop-downs.
- Click on the vaccination centre of choice, to get the dates and check for availability of slots.
- If the desired slot is available, click on the “Book” button.
- Once the appointment is confirmed, you will receive an SMS on the registered mobile number.
- Carry the photo ID you have listed on Co-WIN, along with the confirmation SMS.
Vaccination Scenarios in different states
Delhi has released 159 centres for the vaccination of children of 15 to 18 years starting 3rd January 2022. The centres have been set up in government hospitals, hospitals, dispensaries, polyclinics, and Delhi Government and Municipal Schools.
A maximum of 21 vaccination centers are in South West district, 17 in Central Delhi, 15 in East Delhi, 18 in New Delhi, 11 in North Delhi, 16 in North East, 12 in North West, 10 in Shahdara, South Delhi 11 vaccination centers in South East Delhi and 15 in West Delhi have been identified for children.
Special protocols have been prepared for the vaccination centers set up in schools. Every school will have to appoint a nodal in-charge. School ID cards will also be valid for vaccination ID proof. Walk-in registration facility will also be provided at the vaccination center.
In Haryana, over 15 lakh children are eligible for the vaccination. The online registration had begun from 1st January 2022. A separate queue for them will be maintained and dedicated staff will be put on duty for their vaccination.
Special vaccination centres have been set up. First preference will be given to those who have registered on the CoWin portal. Those students who are unable to register on CoWin will be aided by the Education department. Also, spot registration for vaccinations has been accommodated.
To differentiate, coloured boards are made. The pink boards represents the children age group. whereas, the Blue boards will be used outside centres for adults.
In Tamil Nadu, over 33 lakh students are eligible for vaccination. The drive will take place at the educational institutions. For students who are studying in government-run schools and in private institutions in Class 10, Plus-1 and Plus-2, can take the vaccination in their schools itself, as a medical team will be appointed.