NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that vaccination against COVID-19 for children between 15 and 18 years will start in the country from January 3 while “precaution dose” for healthcare and frontline workers will 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.
The Prime Minister used the term precaution dose and did not call it a booster dose as it has been generally referred to.
Modi said global experience shows that following all preventive measures at a personal level is a big weapon to fight Covid as he asked people to be alert and take all precautionary measures but cautioned against any panic.
He said vaccination is also an important weapon to combat the pandemic.
A total of 415 cases of Omicron variant of Coronavirus have been detected in India so far, out of which 115 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union Health ministry’s data updated on Saturday.
Maharashtra has recorded a maximum of 108 Omicron cases, followed by Delhi at 79, Gujarat 43, Telangana 38, Kerala 37, Tamil Nadu 34 and Karnataka 31.
India’s Covid tally rose to 3,47,79,815 with 7,189 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, while the active cases have declined to 77,032, according to the data updated at 8 am. The death toll climbed to 4,79,520 with 387 more fatalities.
“This is the time to be careful, while engaging in festivities,” he said.
Administration of nasal vaccine and world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid will soon start in India as well, he said.
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