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Amid the threat of Omicron, our country is preparing for the vaccination drive for children aged 15-18 years. The vaccination process will begin from January 3 (Monday), whereas, the registration for the same has been started from January 1 (Saturday). 

On Friday, the health ministry tweeted, “Let’s get ready to ensure COVID vaccination of all eligible citizens. Registrations on #CoWIN for 15-18-year-old children starts from 1st January 2022. #LargestVaccineDrive #Unite2FightCorona”. 

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also took Twitter and he requested the parents to register their eligible children for vaccination. The health minister, in Hindi, tweeted, “If the children are safe, then the future of the country is safe!”

“On the occasion of New Year, registration is being started on COWIN portal for immunization of children #COVID19 in the age group of 15 to 18 years from today. I request the family members to register the eligible children for vaccination,” he further wrote adding the hashtag SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine. 

According to the guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination of children between 15-18 years and precaution dose to HCWs, FLWs, and 60+ population with comorbidities the Union Health Ministry, the vaccine option for the children will be “covaxin”. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 announced that the vaccination process for children will begin from Monday (January 3) and the booster dose for the population of 60+-aged will be available from January 10. 

In the last 24 hours, India registered 27,553 new Covid-19 cases, a substantial spike amid the ongoing resurgence, with 284 additional deaths, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on Sunday.

With the addition of the new fatalities, the total death toll has climbed to 4,81,770. 

Meanwhile, the nationwide Omicron infection tally has increased to 1,525, of which 560 have been discharged from hospitals.

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