Covid-19: India opens vaccination to minors over 15 years of age

A vial of Covaxi vaccine in September 2021 in New Delhi, India – Prakash SINGH © 2019 AFP

India will launch vaccination of 15-year-olds and older on January 3 to meet the challenge posed to the country by the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday.

“Omicron is buzzing right now,” Narendra Modi said in a national speech. “After having analyzed the international situation and our vaccination campaign over the last eleven months against Covid-19, our scientists have made crucial decisions today.” “We have to be careful and be careful,” he added, announcing that vaccines will be available to young people 15 years of age and older starting January 3.

Caregivers and people 60 and older may also receive “a dose of caution” a week later, he said. “We understood very early the importance of vaccination, so more than 61% of adults were able to receive two doses and 90% at least one dose,” argued the Prime Minister.

The third most affected country in terms of deaths

More than 200,000 people have died in India in a deadly Covid wave between April and June that overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums. The wave hit after one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, the Kumbh Mela, which attracted around 25 million pilgrims.

In absolute terms, India ranks third (with 478,133 deaths) among the countries that have recorded the most deaths after the United States (815,423) and Brazil (618,228).

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