Covid vaccination for 12-14 age years to start from 16 March 2022.

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The Government of India will start vaccination of 12 to 14 age groups from 16 March 2022 on the occasion of the National Vaccination Day. The COVID19 vaccine to be administered would be Corbevax manufactured by Biological E. Limited, Hyderabad.

  • Persons above 60 years of age are now eligible for booster dose from 15 March 2022 as the condition of comorbidity for this age group has been removed. The booster dose is to be administered after 9 months (36 weeks) after the date of second vaccination.

  • This follows the decision of the Union Government to start COVID19 vaccination for those between 15 years to 18 years of age from 3 January 2022. These age groups are administered Covaxin vaccine.

  • The Corbevax vaccine has been developed by Biological E in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital Centre for Vaccine Development and Baylor College of  Medicine, Texas, United States. 

Covid Vaccination in India 

  • The covid-19 case was first detected in Wuhan China on 19 December 2019.

  • The first case of covid-19 in India was detected in the Thrissur district of Kerala on 29 January 2020.

  • The Covid  vaccination in India was started on 16 January 2021.

  • So far 7 covid vaccines have been approved by the government of India for emergency use.

  • It is currently using only four, Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Covaxin by Indian firm Bharat Biotech and Russian made Sputnik V  and Corbevax manufactured by Biological E. Limited for its vaccination drive. 

  • In December 2021 the Indian government approved Serum Institute of India's Covovax for emergency use.

  • The Government of India also has the world’s first DNA vaccine against Covid ZyCoV-D vaccine manufactured by Indian firm Cadilla, but it's not available yet.

  • The Indian Government has also approved Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine, which was to be introduced in India through a supply agreement with Biological E, and it has allowed Indian pharma company Cipla to import the Moderna vaccine. These Vaccines are not available in India yet.

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