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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced vaccination for children above 15 years and booster dose for frontline workers. Covid vaccination for children will begin from January 3, 2022. 

According to reports, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for emergency use for kids aged between 12-18 years.

Covid Vaccination for children, booster doses: PM's big announcements

In his address to the nation, the PM said, "Covid vaccination for children aged between 15-18 years will begin from January 3, 2022."

He also urged the people to be cautious while celebrating as coronavirus cases are rising in the country due to highly infectious variant, Omicron. 

“In India too, many people have been found to be infected with Omicron. I would urge all of you not to panic, be careful and alert. Masks and washing hands occasionally, remember these things," he said. 

India has so far recorded over 400 cases of Omicron. 

What PM Modi said during address to nation

- Healthcare and frontline workers have a huge contribution in keeping the country safe in this fight. Therefore, from the point of view of precaution, the government has decided that precaution dose of vaccine will also be started for healthcare and frontline workers. It will be started from January 10.

- Citizens above 60 years of age with co-morbidities will also have the option of precaution dose of the vaccine on the advice of their doctor. This will also be available from January 10.

- PM Modi has announced vaccination for children aged 15-18. Vaccination for children will begin from January 3, 2022. 

- The experience of fighting the corona global epidemic so far shows that following all the guidelines at the individual level is a great weapon to combat corona. And the second weapon is vaccination.

- Today, more than 61% of India's adult population has received both doses of the vaccine. Similarly, about 90% of the adult population has received a single dose of the vaccine.

- India started giving the vaccine to its citizens from January 16 this year. It is the collective effort and collective will of all the citizens of the country that today India has crossed the unprecedented and very difficult target of 141 crore vaccine doses.

Omicron cases in India 

The Union Health Ministry today informed that a total of 415 cases of Omicron variant had been detected in India so far, out of which 115 have recovered or migrated.

Maharashtra has recorded a maximum of 108 Omicron cases, followed by Delhi at 79, Gujarat 43, Telangana 38, Kerala 37, Tamil Nadu 34 and Karnataka 31.

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