Received Reports of Other Vaccines Being Administered to Kids, Get Covaxin Only: Bharat Biotech

Currently, Covaxin is the only COVID-19 vaccine in India approved for children.

Updated: January 8, 2022 9:15 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Kritika Bansal

School children receive COVID-19 vaccine dose, at a government school, in Hyderabad, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (PTI Photo)
India had began inoculating children aged 12-14 against COVID-19 from March 16, 2022.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech on Friday said that it received reports of COVID-19 vaccines other than Covaxin are being administered to children in the age group of 15-18 years in the country. Bharat Biotech urged healthcare workers to ensure administration of Covaxin as it is the only approved COVID vaccine for this particular population category.

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“We have received several reports of other COVID-19 vaccines being administered to individuals in the 15-18 years age group. We humbly request healthcare workers to be highly vigilant and ensure that only Covaxin is administered to individuals in the 15-18 years age group,” a Bharat Biotech statement said.

“Covaxin received approval based on a thorough clinical trial evaluation for safety and immunogenicity in the 2-18 years age group. Currently, it is the only COVID-19 vaccine in India approved for children,” it added.

COVID vaccination program for children aged between 15 and 18 years has been started from January 3, 2022.

The Union Health Ministry has 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.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published Date: January 8, 2022 8:29 AM IST

Updated Date: January 8, 2022 9:15 AM IST