Several countries including the United States https://www.reuters.com/world/us/covid-19-hospitalization-surge-among-us-children-spurs-new-omicron-concerns-2021-12-30, Britain and South Korea https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/skorean-teens-drive-up-covid-19-cases-ahead-full-school-reopening-2021-11-03 have seen infections among children fuelling a rise in cases in recent weeks and have encouraged parents to get their children vaccinated.
Authorities in Gujarat, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, are hoping to give a first dose to 3.6 million children this week.
“We have the capacity and we have the vaccines to cover most of the children. We appeal to parents to cooperate and ensure the children are vaccinated at the earliest,” Shivahare said.
The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF estimates India has the largest population of adolescents in the world with about 253 million of them.
Thousands of children, many accompanied by parents, queued up outside schools, medical centres and special health camps from early on Monday to secure their first dose of a vaccine.
“Some students are nervous to get their first shot but we’re offering them some fruit and trying to keep them busy in the classrooms,” said Fateh Singh Rawat, who heads a public school in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state.
The government is only giving children Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine as that is the only vaccine with emergency use listing for the 15-18 age group, the health ministry said last week.