Amid dread of the third wave of Covid-19 and rising cases in the country of the new form of the virus, cc, PM Modi declared that from January 3 next year, a vaccination campaign will be started for adolescents between the age of 15 and 18 years. Along with this, he said that from January 10, on the recommendation of doctors, health and frontline workers, people above the age of 60 years sorrowing from other serious ailments, as a precautionary dose of vaccines will be started. However, he named it "precaution dose" without mentioning "booster dose".
PM Modi said that the nasal vaccine and the world's first DNA-based vaccine against Covid will also start soon in India. PM made these announcements in his address to the nation. Amid preparations for the approach of Christmas and New Year, Modi demanded the countrymen to detour any kind of rumours and be alert to the new form of virus, Omicron.
The Prime Minister emphasised that he is sharing important decisions with the people of the country on the festival of Christmas. He added, “The children who are between the age of 15 to 18 years, will be now vaccinated in the country. Vaccination will be started from January 3 in the year 2022.” He said that this decision will not only strengthen the country's fight against coronavirus but will also reduce the worries of children going to schools and colleges and their parents.
PM said, “We all have undergone those corona warriors, healthcare and frontline workers. They still spend a lot of their time in the service of covid patients. Therefore, as a safeguard, the government has chosen that health workers and frontline workers will be given a 'precautionary dose' from January 10 onwards.
Remembering the assistance of health workers and frontline workers in the fight against Covid, PM said that they played a massive role in upholding the country safe. For citizens suffering from other serious ailments, the chance of precaution doses of the vaccine will be unrestricted to them on the advice of their doctor.
PM Modi told that India's battle against Covid is based on scientific regulations, scientific guidance and scientific methodology from the starting and all these decisions have also been taken seeing the backgrounds of the scientists so far. PM Modi said that according to the current scenario and circumstances, India has taken vaccination-related and other decisions only on the recommendations of the scientists of India.
Referring to Omicron, he said that its discussion is going on in full swing and its venture in the world is also different and appraisals are also different. He said that the scientists of India are also maintaining an intense watch on this and are working on it. According to the revised data of the Union Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the most increased number of 108 cases of Omicron. After this, 79 cases were registered in Delhi, 43 in Gujarat, 38 in Telangana, 37 in Kerala, 34 in Tamil Nadu and 31 in Karnataka.