New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The COVID-19 working group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) is expected to meet on Monday to deliberate upon additional booster dose of COVID-19 vaccination as well as vaccination for peadiatric age group between 12 to 18-year-old, news agency ANI reported while quoting its sources.

Ahmedabad-based Cadila Healthcare has already received Emergency Use Approval (EUA) for its ZyCov-D vaccine to be administered in the individuals above 12-year-old.

Five vaccines will be ready to be inoculated in children aged above 2

Meanwhile, the government informed Loksabha on Friday that at least five COVID-19 vaccines will be ready to be inoculated for children aged above 2-year-old in the immediate future. Informing the Lok sabha on the status of anti COVID-19 vaccines for children in India, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, had said that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has granted permission to conduct trial of five COVID-19 vaccine candidates in children and teenagers.

These five vaccines are: Ahmedabad-based Cadila Healthcare's ZyCoV-D, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, Serum Institute of India’s Covovax, Biological E's RBD, and Johnson & Johnson’s Ad 26COV.2S vaccine.

Zydus Cadila’s vaccine to be jabbed among teenagers in these states

Earlier on Thursday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said that Cadila Healthcare's COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D will initially be used in seven states -- Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Bihar, and West Bengal.

These countries are vaccinating adolscents against COVID-19

United States and all 27 countries in the European Union are scheduled to begin jabbing children aged 5-11-year-old against COVID-19 with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from December 13 onwards. According to Reuters, Bahrain has approved the Sinopharm vaccine for children aged 3-11.

Israel, Oman and Saudi Arabia have also approved Pfizer's vaccine shot for children as young as five. 

Posted By: Mukul Sharma