Vikash Sharma

A day after the Central government approved the first Covid-19 vaccine for children above 12 years, it is hoped that the vaccination process may start soon in the country.

The Director of the Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) in Odisha, CBK Mohanty on Saturday said that the process to vaccinate above 12-year-old children will start in the State only after the necessary guidelines are issued by the Centre.

“The vaccine for children got necessary approvals yesterday. As a national guideline is yet to be released by the Centre, it will not be appropriate to say when the process to vaccinate children will start in Odisha. The process will start after we receive necessary guidelines as the Centre is in control of the guidelines and vaccine supply,” said Mohanty.

India's drug regulator on Friday approved Zydus Cadila's three-dose COVID-19 DNA vaccine for emergency use in adults and children aged 12 years and above.

ZyCoV-D is the world's first plasmid DNA vaccine against Coronavirus.

It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha is now witnessing a rise in the number of Covid-19 infections among children below 18 years old for the past few days.

As many as 116 cases in the 0-18 age group were reported from different parts of the State in the past 24 hours.

According to Mohanty, out of the daily new Covid-19 cases being reported from different parts of the State, nearly 12 per cent are children.

“The Covid-19 cases are still high in some districts including Khordha and Cuttack. The rate is high in Bhubaneswar as people are not following the Covid-19 norms,” he said. On reports of some countries starting administration of Covid-19 booster shot, Mohanty said that booster dose concept has not been recommended or included in the national guideline so far.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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