Mumbai: AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Saturday said that children in India can start getting vaccinated by September 2021. In a recent interaction with NDTV, Guleria said As early as September, we should see children being vaccinated.
He further added that Pfizer and Zydus vaccines should be available for children soon. This statement of the AIIMS chief comes even as India has not yet approved a COVID-19 vaccine for children.
The news is significant as experts are predicting that the third wave of COVID-19 could hit children hard. Vaccinating youth is likely to strengthen the fight against coronavirus. The government warned last week that even though Covid-19 has not taken a serious shape among children till now, its impact can increase among them if there is a change in virus behaviour or epidemiology dynamics, and said preparations are being strengthened to deal with any such situation.
The National Capital’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is set to begin the second dose clinical trial of Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN on children aged 2-6 years by next week.
The second dose of COVID-19 vaccines has already been administered to children aged 6 to 12 years at Delhi AIIMS, one of the main centres for testing the vaccine for people below 18 years of age. Covaxin is being used on adults in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign in India since January 16 this year.
Randeep Guleria has indicated the need for India to adopt a booster dose with second-generation COVID-19 vaccines given the various mutations of SARS-CoV-2. “It seems that we probably need a booster dose of vaccines as immunity decreases with the passage of time. desired immunity. We should take a booster dose which will cover for various emerging forms,” he told news agency ANI.