The third wave is not imminent; ICMR says children will be vaccinated from August

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  • It may take six to eight weeks to get the vaccine.
  • It is estimated that there are between 13 and 14 million children in the country.
  • Vaccine doses of 25 to 26 crore may be required

New Delhi: The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has announced that children over the age of 12 will be vaccinated in the country from August. Dr NK Arora, chair of the ICMR Kovid Working Group, said the study showed that the third wave would likely be delayed in the country, so vaccination could be delayed for six to eight months.

Aurora said she hopes to begin vaccinating children ages 12 to 18 by the end of July or August.

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AIDS chief Dr. Randeep Guleria said vaccinating children could lead to a fight against Kovid. He added that it would pave the way for schools to open and for children to go out and participate in other activities.

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The results of the second and third phases of the Bharat Biotech trials using covaxin in children aged 2 to 18 years are expected to be available in September. The Pfizer vaccine can also be given to children with prior permission.

There are an estimated 13 to 14 million million children between the ages of 12 and 18 in the country. The member of the Justice Commission, Dr. VK Paul, had said that between 25 million rupees and 26 million rupees would be needed for the vaccine.

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