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Narendra Modi's Address Updates: Vaccine for 15-18 Age Group from Jan, 3rd 'Precaution' Dose for Healthcare Workers, 60+

The sudden announcement comes amid a steady rise in the cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19.

By: News Desk

Last Updated: December 25, 2021, 21:38 IST

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India will start vaccinating children between the ages of 15 and 18 from January 3 next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a sudden address to the nation amid the rising cases of Omicron in the country. Healthcare and frontline workers will be provided with “precautionary doses” from January 10 next year, he added. People above 60 years of age who have co-morbidities will also have the option to take the booster dose Read More

Dec 25, 2021 23:16 IST

Are You Above The Age of 60 With Comorbidities? Here's What PM Has Announced for You

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the nation and announced that “precaution doses” of the Covid-19 vaccine will be given from January 10 to those who are above the age of 60 with comorbidities. He said that the decision was taken on doctors’ advice and precaution doses will also be given to healthcare and frontline workers from January 10 next year. The address comes amid a rising number of Covid-19 cases following the outbreak of the Omicron variant of the virus. “Those with comorbidities and above 60 years of age on the recommendation of their doctors will be eligible for precaution doses from January 10, 2022, onwards,” PM Modi said. READ MORE

Dec 25, 2021 23:02 IST

CM Yogi Lauds PM's Modi Announcement of Precaution Dose

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lauded PM Modi’s decision to announce precaution dose to healthcare workers and those above 60 with comorbidities.

Dec 25, 2021 22:59 IST

Caution, Alertness and Vaccine Will Keep Us Away from Covid: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation has advised the country to follow the covid protocols like before, without panic while being alert of the Omicron virus. “Only caution, alertness and vaccine can keep us away from the Coronavirus and get victory over it,” he said.

Dec 25, 2021 22:55 IST

Here's Why PM Modi Termed Third Shot 'Precaution Dose' and Not Booster

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcements for a “precautionary dose” for healthcare and frontline workers as well as co-morbid seniors and vaccination for adolescents between 15-18 years of age will strengthen the confidence of people and stop any panic, government sources say. A source said India had also charted a separate way with the prime minister announcing a “precaution dose” for frontline workers, healthcare workers and senior citizens with co-morbdities. The PM did not call it a “booster dose” as the third dose is termed world-wide. All these people had got their second dose of vaccine nearly 5-6 months ago and there was a concern that their immunity levels may have waned now given the interval. READ MORE

Dec 25, 2021 22:52 IST

HIGHLIGHT | PM Announces Covid Vaccination for Children Between 15-18 Yrs from Jan 3

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that vaccination against COVID-19 for children between 15-18 years will start in the country from January 3, while “precaution dose” for healthcare and frontline workers begin from January 10. In an address to the nation amid increasing Covid cases through the Omicron variant of the virus, he said the precaution dose will also be available for citizens above 60 years of age and with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year as well. The prime minister used the term precaution dose and did not call it booster dose as it has been generally referred to.

Dec 25, 2021 22:46 IST

JP Nadda Lauds PM Modi's Announcement for Vaccinating Children, 3rd Dose for Healthcare Workers

BJP president JP Nadda in a tweet lauded PM Modi’s announcement for inoculating children above 15 years against Covid and third precaution dose for healthcare workers and those above 60 with comorbidities.

Dec 25, 2021 22:31 IST

DCGI Nod to Covaxin for Use in Children Above 12 Years

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, official said on Saturday. It is the second vaccine to receive the regulator’s nod for use among those below 18 years after Zydus Cadila’s needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D.

DCGI Nod to Covaxin for Use in Children Above 12 Years

Dec 25, 2021 22:26 IST

WATCH | PM Modi's Full Speech

Dec 25, 2021 22:25 IST

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Welcomes PM Modi's Announcements

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray welcomed PM Modi’s announcement for vaccination of those between 15 and 18 years and precaution dose for healthcare workers. Uddhav Thackeray said, “Aaditya Thackeray had demanded vaccines for children in a letter he had written to the Centre.”

Dec 25, 2021 22:22 IST

Top Quotes from PM Modi's Address to Nation Amid Omicron Scare

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of Christmas and announced India will soon launch a nasal vaccine against Covid-19. “Today, many countries are facing the threat of Omicron. In India too, many people have been found to be infected with Omicron. I would urge all of you not to panic, be careful and alert. Masks and washing hands occasionally, remember these things,” he added. READ MORE

Dec 25, 2021 22:20 IST

Vaccine for 15-18 Age Group, 'Precaution' Dose for Healthcare Workers: PM

PM Modi said that the vaccination for children in the age of 15-18 years will begin from January 3, 2022. READ MORE

Dec 25, 2021 22:10 IST

Here are the Highlights of PM Modi's Speech

Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s speech:

-Youngsters of 15-18 age group will get vaccine. The vaccination of the age group Will aid their education. -PM Modi has announced precaution dose for frontline workers, healthcare workers and senior citizens with comorbdities. -The precaution dose will strengthen confidence of healthcare and frontline workers. -He also cautioned the public on Omicron without the need for panic.

Dec 25, 2021 22:04 IST

Vaccine for 15-18 Age Group from Jan 2022, Booster Doses for Healthcare Workers, 60+

PM Narendra Modi has announced precaution doses for healthcare and frontline workers; and those with comorbidities above the age of 60 from January 10, 2022. The vaccination for 15-18 year old kids will start from January 3, 2022.

Dec 25, 2021 21:58 IST

Vaccination for 15-18 Years will Start from January 3: PM Modi

15-18 years of children will now get vaccine. From January 3, the vaccination will start for children: PM Narendra Modi.

Dec 25, 2021 21:56 IST

Scientists Keeping Close Watch on Omicron: PM Modi

PM Modi said Coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere. Indian Scientists have kept a close watch on Omicron, he said.

Dec 25, 2021 21:55 IST

India has 18 lakh isolation beds, 1.40 lakh ICU beds: PM Modi

India has 18 lakh isolation beds, 5 lakh oxygen supported beds, 1.40 lakh ICU beds, 90,000 pediatric ICU and non-ICU beds. We have more than 3,000 working PSA oxygen plants, 4 lakh oxygen cylinders have been distributed throughout the nation: PM Narendra Modi

Dec 25, 2021 21:52 IST

61% Adult Population Vaccinated with Both Doses: PM Modi

More than 61 percent of the adult population is vaccinated with double dose while Nearly 90 percent Adult population have got first dose of vaccine: PM Modi

Dec 25, 2021 21:51 IST

We have 18 Lakh Beds and 5 Lakh Oxygen Supported Beds: PM Modi

“Today we have 18 lakhs beds and 5 lakhs oxygen supported beds. Today more than 3000 PSA Oxygen plants are functional,” PM Modi said.

Dec 25, 2021 21:48 IST

Many Countries Facing Threat of Omicron: PM Modi

We are going to enter into 2022 in a week. Today many countries are facing threat of Omicron: PM Narendra Modi

Dec 25, 2021 21:44 IST

PM Modi Paid Tributes to Vajpayee on His Birth Anniversary

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tributes to former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary. Born in Gwalior in 1924, Vajpayee was the face of the BJP for decades and was the first non-Congress prime minister to have served a full term in office.

on a recommendation from doctors. This will also start from January 10. The Prime Minister said that as people prepare to welcome the new year with hope and celebration, it’s also a time to be careful as the highly contagious Omicron variant is rapidly pushing up Covid infections. PM Modi assured the citizens that all possible preparations are in order to tackle increasing infections. He listed the number of hospital beds, oxygen beds available, and vaccination progress.

Thw announcement comes amid a steady rise in the cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of Covid-19. The news also comes as the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) on Saturday gave Bharat Biotech approval for emergency use authorisation of Covaxin Covid-19 vaccine for children in the 12-18 years age group, according to reports. The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) had in October recommended DGCI to grant emergency use to Covaxin for children.

Covaxin is now the second vaccine cleared for use for children in India. In August, Zydus Cadila’s three-dose DNA jab was allowed to be used on adults and children over the age of 12. Covaxin will be administered in children in two doses, with a gap of 28 days between the first and second doses. The gap and dosage of vaccine for adults and children will be the same according to the trial data submitted to the government.

Biocon executive chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw called the announcement “extremely important” and said it is a huge relief for parents and schools. “There is enough data showing that children are catching Covid… parents are anxious. Giving vaccines to children will be very useful,” she said.

Bharat Biotech had submitted data from clinical trials in the 2-18 years age group for Covaxin (BBV152) to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in October. The data has been thoroughly reviewed by the CDSCO and SEC and have provided their positive recommendations, the vaccine maker had said in a statement.

Multi-disciplinary central teams have been deployed in 10 states which are reporting either an increasing number of Omicron and COVID-19 cases or a slow vaccination pace, according to a Union Health Ministry office memorandum. As per the document, these 10 states are Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Punjab.

“In view of rapid surge in cases and deaths because of COVID-19, as reported by various news channels, the state governments, and noted in internal reviews, it has been seen that the number of Omicron cases has emerged in some states. “It has also been observed that the pace of COVID-19 vaccination in these states is less than the national average. In wake of this situation, a decision has been taken to deploy multi-disciplinary central teams to 10 identified states some of which are either reporting increasing number of Omicron and COVID-19 cases or slow vaccination pace (list enclosed), to aid the efforts of the state and district administration for management of COVID-19,” the memorandum stated.

These teams will be stationed in the states for three to five days, and they will work along with the state health authorities, it said. The teams will specifically look into areas of contact-tracing, including surveillance and containment operations, and COVID-19 testing, including sending of adequate samples from clusters to the INSACOG network for genome sequencing, the memo stated.

They will also look into enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour, availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics, including ambulances, ventilators, and medical oxygen, and the COVID-19 vaccination progress. The state-level central teams will assess the situation, suggest remedial actions and submit a report every evening by 7 pm on public health activities being undertaken, besides submitting the same to the state governments, the memo stated.

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