The covid vaccination drive for children between 15-18 age group began today. The development comes amid spike in Covid cases in several parts of the country.
Currently, BHarat Biotech’s Covaxin is the only Vaccine with Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for adolescents in the 15-18 age group. The registration for the 15-18 group of beneficiaries opened on Saturday. As of now, nearly 10 lakh teens have registered on government’s CoWin portal. A large number of schools and other educational institutions are being used as vaccination centres as well.
For registration on the portal, Children of age group 15-18 yrs can use AADHAAR card, PAN Card, Unique Disability ID, Ration card with Photo and School Photo ID card.
Go to https://www.cowin.gov.in/
Click on “Register/Sign-In” (on the roght top)
>Enter mobile number.
>Get the OTP via SMS.
>Enter OTP on the portal and click on “Verify”.
>After verification, you will be required to share details such as name, age, gender and a photo ID.
>Upload photo ID. Apart from Aadhaar and other national identity cards, school IDs of children eligible for vaccination too will be accepted.
>Click on “Register” button.
>Once the registration is over, schedule your vaccination appointment by selecting a date and centre.
>Select a vaccination centre by entering your pin code or searching district-wise in the drop-downs.
>Click on the vaccination centre of choice, to get the dates and check for availability of slots.
>If a preferred slot is available, click on the “Book” button.
Notably, pricing of the vaccines is the same as for adults in the private market. On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that vaccination for the 15-18-year age group will begin from January 3. A total of 1,525 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union territories so far, out of which 560 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry’s data updated on Sunday.