- India's Covid vaccination programme is one of world's most successful, the govt has said
- States have been advised to administer only Covaxin to 15-18 age group
- Separate teams for 15-18 age group are to be set up at vaccination centres to avoid confusion
Over 40 lakh children received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine till 8 pm on the first day of the inoculation drive of those in the age group of 15 to 18 years on Monday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said. From setting up attractive selfie points to putting up imaginative posters and colorful balloons, the designated vaccination centers, mostly schools and educational institutes, were decked up to welcome the youngsters.
The children, some dressed in school uniforms and others in casuals were greeted with flowers and were gifted pens and eatables at some places after receiving the vaccine. The vaccine option for this age group would only be Covaxin, according to guidelines issued by the Union health ministry on December 27.