Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccination of Children Aged 15 – 18

The Department of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has issued guidelines for COVID vaccination of children aged 15-18 and for administering preventative doses to healthcare workers, frontline workers and seniors (over 60 years old) with comorbidities

The MoHFW guidelines for children would go into effect January 3, 2022 and would be revised from time to time. These guidelines outline the type of vaccine that can be used, including the methods of booking slots to get the vaccination.

Below are some critical questions, with answers, according to the guidelines for the next phase of the vaccination.

Which vaccines are approved for children in the 15-18 age group?

According to the guidelines, the vaccination option for the new beneficiaries would be only Covaxin for now.

Are all children eligible?

The MoHFW guideline states that anyone who is 15 or older (anyone born in 2007 or later) is eligible.

How can children register for vaccination?

Under MoHFW guidelines, children or new beneficiaries can register online with their identity card using the Co-WIN app (https://www.cowin.gov.in,

They can use an existing account on Co-WIN or register by creating a new account using a unique mobile number. At the moment, this option is only available to people who are eligible for vaccination. Therefore, starting January 1, 2022, eligible children will be able to use their parents’ existing Co-WIN accounts to book their vaccination slots.

Are there any other options for booking childhood vaccination slots?

Under the guidelines, beneficiaries can also be registered on site by the vaccinator in facilitated registration mode.

What documents are needed for children to get the vaccination?

Children can carry an Aadhaar card or any other national identity card. In addition, children can also use their class 10e ID card for registration

Summary (some key points)

  1. Children aged 15 to 18 can reserve their slots on the CO-WIN app from January 1 by registering with their identity card.
  2. Eligible children can register themselves online on CO-WIN with an existing account or can also register by creating a new account with their unique mobile number. Currently, this facility is available to all eligible people.
  3. Children eligible for vaccination can also be registered on site by the vaccinator/verifier in facilitated registration mode. Appointments for the new beneficiaries can be booked online or on site (walk-in).
  4. The vaccination option for the new beneficiaries would be only Covaxin for now.

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