Meghalaya begins vaccinating 15-18 age group

Shillong, Jan 3: The State on Monday started vaccinating children between the age group of 15-18.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong inaugurated the vaccination drive for the teenagers in the age group of 15 – 18 years at the Rynjah State Dispensary.

The Deputy Chief Minister urged all eligible teens to get vaccinated.

Speaking to reporters Tynsong said that the vaccination drive for 15-18 years is the aspiration of each and every citizen of the State.

“We were really worried of this age group (15-18) because this is the age where we need to send our children be it to institutions, be it to school. This is the prime age for our children, sons, daughters, so now I’m really happy we were able to launch this and I would request the parents to urge their children to make sure that they get themselves vaccinated,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

According to him, the population between the age group of 15-18 years in Meghalaya is about 2.6 lakhs even as he exuded confidence that the government will be able to complete this category in the next 3-4 months.

Tynsong also said that as of now the Covid-19 cases in lesser in the State and added that the government will be able to contain.

“But of course from the government side, we make sure that if the cases increases, everything is already in place,” he added.

On the Omicron variant, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the government will come out with certain instructions, advisories and restrictions for the safety of people in the State.

Meanwhile, Dr. P. Manners, Joint DHS said that the Covaxin dose given for children may be new for State, since the adult population were using the Covishield vaccine, but other States were using it.

Dr. Manners said that the only difference is that the interval between the first and the second dose of the Covaxin is only 28 days while Covishield is six weeks.

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