New Delhi: Over 3.5 lakh beneficiaries of the 15-18 age group have registered themselves on the CoWIN portal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as of Sunday morning.
As per the data on the CoWIN dashboard, 3,57,984 beneficiaries of the 15-18 age group had registered on the portal by 9:30 am.
Registrations for vaccinating 15-18-year-old children against COVID-19 began on January 1.
CoWIN is an Indian government web portal for COVID-19 vaccination registration, owned and operated by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Further, the data on the portal revealed that as many as 92,18,61,878 registrations have been made so far, including 57,37,14,969 of age group 18-44, and 34,77,88,925 for age above 45.
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement, the country is preparing to begin the COVID-19 vaccination drive for 15-18-year-old children from Monday.
PM Modi on December 25, 2021, had announced that the vaccination for the age-group 15-18 years is scheduled to begin from Monday while administration of precautionary third dose for the vulnerable categories is to commence from January 10, 2022.
In the context of the vaccination of the age group 15-18 years, the Union Health Secretary informed the States and UTs that only ‘Covaxin’ is to be administered in this population category and additional doses of ‘Covaxin’ will be sent to all states and UTs.
Those with the birth year of 2007 or before will be eligible for vaccination under this category.