According to insiders, the COVID-19 inoculation for children is one of several major topics to be reviewed at a meeting of the government’s top advisory council on vaccination in the coming two weeks.
According to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India, or NTAGI, would also devise a thorough plan for administering additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to adults.
Vaccination for children with comorbidities is expected to begin in January, according to individuals who asked not to be identified. They estimate that all other youngsters will be eligible for vaccination by March.
The issue of additional doses for adults is relevant because some countries have also called for booster doses to provide solid protection against the highly infectious coronavirus.
Children are now considered a priority category for vaccination, with schools in various states beginning on-site instruction depending on the pandemic situation. Following the disastrous second wave, which killed tens of thousands of people in India, there are fears that children will be next in line, despite the fact that adults have already had at least one dose, if not both, of the vaccine.
Around the world, politicians and scientists are debating whether a second or booster dose is required. Beyond people with comorbidities, the elderly, and other high-risk populations, the United States is slated to become the latest country to expand COVID-19 booster eligibility.
Many scientists following the data believe now is the ideal moment to make the switch; nevertheless, some have reservations, citing the fact that the original vaccines are still effective in preventing severe disease and death in the general population.
Boosters have been a source of contention among medical professionals. In September, an independent group advising the US Food and Drug Administration, or USFDA, decided against making boosters available to everyone, requesting more stringent standards. The US media has stated that the USFDA is planning to expand booster dose eligibility without consulting outside experts this time.
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