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SIKKIM BEGINS COVID VACCINATION FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN 12-14 YEARS

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Sikkim: The Covid-19 vaccination for children in the age group of 12-14 years started in Sikkim today.

Health minister Mani Kumar Sharma, who launched the vaccination drive, at Ranipool primary health centre today, said it is important to vaccinate children of this age group and all the beneficiaries should come forward to get vaccinated.

“There are only two methods to prevent Covid-19; one is by following Covid protocols and other by vaccination.

Vaccination is a preventive measure, and due to effective and timely vaccination, there is lesser hospitalizations related to Covid-19, pressure on the health workers dropped drastically along with loss of life,” the minister said.

Sharma thanked health workers for their tireless effort to vaccinate people of the State. He also cautioned about the complacency of the citizens amid the falling cases of Covid-19 cases.

The Covid-19 vaccine to be administered to those in the 12-14 age group is Corbevax.

Sikkim Procured 26,300 Doses Of Crobevax Vaccine

The Health minister said the new Crobevax vaccine is safe for vaccination in the above mentioned age group. He also advised people to get regular health check-ups. 

The vaccination was also launched at other two vaccination centres – Thakurbari temple premises in Gangtok and district hospital at Singtam.

The vaccine will be available in all the designated Covid-19 vaccination centres in the State in the coming days.

The State has procured 26,300 doses of Crobevax vaccine against the target population of 26,000.

Last week, the Centre had released guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination of children between 12-14 years.

Two doses of Biological E’s intramuscular vaccine Corbevax would be administered at an interval of 28 days, the guidelines said.

Minister Sharma was accompanied by Health commissioner-cum-secretary D. Anandan, Health director general-cum-secretary Pempa T. Bhutia, line department officials, teachers and students from various schools.     

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