“Vaccinating teenagers will give parents the confidence to send them to school and help them resume normal activities while maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour,” Arora mentioned.
Since the start of the vaccination drive for the 15 to 18 age group on January 3, over three crore teens have been vaccinated with the primary dose thus far. As per an estimation, there are round 7.50 crore teens on this age bracket in India to whom vaccine pictures will likely be administered.
Talking about Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadilla’s ZyCovD vaccine, the world’s first plasmid-DNA vaccine accredited for these above 12 years, Arora mentioned, “Since it is the first DNA vaccine, the government wants to be doubly sure of its safety before providing it to children. So, its first one crore doses will be given to adults.”
“The vaccine was found to be absolutely safe and highly efficacious during the trials. We are sure that it will soon be available for children as well,” he mentioned.
“Data shows that children are as susceptible to catching the infection as adults are. The vaccine protects against severe disease. The older teenagers are quite socially active and so they are at a higher risk of catching the virus as compared to younger kids.
“By vaccinating them, we’re not solely safeguarding them, but in addition stopping the chain of transmission to a fantastic extent”, said Praveen Kumar, associate professor of paediatrics at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi.
On vaccine’s side-effects among teens, Manju Puri, consultant gynaecologist at Lady Hardinge Medical College, said that it is a time-tested technology which is both safe and efficacious.
No major side-effects have been reported yet, she said, adding that children, like adults, may experience mild side-effects such as pain at the vaccine site, fatigue, or mild fever for a few days.