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Only last week, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) approved the Serum Institute of India’s Kovovax COVID-19 vaccine for the 12-17 age group. In December last year, the government had approved Kovovax.
corona virus (corona virusEfforts have been intensified to vaccinate children in the midst of the re-increasing cases. Meanwhile, Serum Institute of India in Pune (Serum Institute of India) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adar Poonawalla also clarified on Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccine Covovax is available to everyone above the age of 12 years. So far, more than 188.48 crore doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines have been given under the nationwide vaccination campaign.
Adar Poonawalla tweeted, “Many of you have asked if Kovovax is available for adults. The answer is yes, it is available to everyone above the age of 12. Poonawalla’s statement came a day after he announced on Twitter that Kovovax is now available for children in India.
Covovax available for kids in India: Poonawalla
He said in one of his tweets, “Covovax (Novavax), is now available for children in India. It is the only vaccine manufactured in India which is also sold in Europe and its effectiveness is up to 90 percent. This is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing another vaccine to protect our children.”
Only last week, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) approved the Serum Institute of India’s Kovovax COVID-19 vaccine for the 12-17 age group. In December last year, the central government approved Kovovax for restricted use in case of emergency.
Read Adar Poonawalla’s tweet
A lot of you have asked if Covovax is available for adults. The answer is yes, it is available for everyone above the age of 12.
— Adar Poonawalla (@adarpoonawalla) May 4, 2022
Meanwhile, several people took to Twitter to complain that the Covovax option is not available on the CoWIN app for 18+ vaccine beneficiaries. One user said, “If 18 and above opt for the tab, then the option for Covovax is not visible on Cowin. Hopefully, it will be looked into.”
Government approves emergency use of Covovax
Official sources said on Monday that now children in the age group of 12-17 can get the anti-Covid vaccine ‘Covovax’ from Serum Institute of India (SII) at private centers and a provision in this regard is being made on the Co-Vin portal. is. Sources had told that a dose of Covovax will cost Rs 900 and GST will also have to be paid on it. Apart from this, Rs 150 will have to be paid as hospital service charges.
The move comes after the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) recommended a dose of anti-Covid vaccine to children aged 12-17. India’s drug regulator had on December 28 last year approved Covovax for limited use in emergency situations in adults and on March 9 allowed use in the 12-17 age group, subject to certain conditions.
Currently, children in the age group of 12 to 14 years are vaccinated with the biological E vaccine Corbevax, while children in the age group of 15-18 are being vaccinated with Bharat Biotech at government immunization centres.
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