October 28, 2021

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Bihar able to vaccinate children in opposition to Covid: Official | Patna Information

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PATNA: With the national drug regulator’s subject expert committee (SEC) giving green signal to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for vaccinating children in the 2-18 years age group against Covid-19, the state health department has started gearing up for launching the much-awaited vaccination drive for kids in Bihar.
State health department’s special secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh told this newspaper that the vaccination drive for kids would start soon after receiving any directive in this regard from the authorities concerned and ample doses of vaccines by the state. There are more than 3 crore children in the state and, hence, the pace of vaccination will depend upon the doses of vaccines received, he said.
Singh further pointed out that during the first and second waves of the Covid-19, a large number of children were infected, but about 70% of them had developed the anti-bodies.
Welcoming the permission for using Covaxin on children, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, the nodal officer for Covid-19 at AIIMS Patna, said necessary arrangements are already there at his hospital and the process of vaccination would start immediately after the vaccine doses are made available. He said the vaccine is quite safe and effective for children, as indicated during its trials.
Dr Kumar said nearly 200 children were administered Covid-19 vaccine doses during clinical trials at AIIMS-Patna in three separate phases (12-18 years in phase I, 6-12 years in phase II and 2-6 years in phase III) and there was no adverse report from any child. Children above 12 years in the USA are already being vaccinated against Covid-19. “Covaxin is the second Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for emergency use among children in India after Zydus Healthcare’s ZyCoV-D, meant for children above 12 years of age. Now all the children would be protected against Covid following the successful execution of the vaccination meant for them,” he said.
Noted paediatrician Dr Arun Shah said nearly 40 crore children in the 2-18 age group in the country would be protected against Covid-19 with the use of Covaxin. He said the ZyCoV-D vaccine is already there for children, but it is not to be supplied free of cost. The terms and conditions for the supply of Covaxin are yet to be announced by the government, but he hoped it would be administered free of cost to the children in government hospitals and health centres.
Shah appealed to the guardians to get their children vaccinated as soon as the vaccine doses are made available for them. The vaccine is as safe and effective for children as it is for adults, he said.
Rana Avanindra Singh, a resident of Anandpuri locality, said he has been anxiously awaiting the launch of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ever since his 12-year-old daughter started attending her offline classes in the school. “I will get my daughter vaccinated as soon as the process starts in the city,” he said.



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