COVID vaccination drive for children: 60.5 lakh beneficiaries skip second dose

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Kannur: The COVID vaccination drive for children aged 12-14 years has received a lukewarm response in Kerala. Corbevax has been administered for this age group. It is learnt that half of the focus group is yet to take the second dose of the vaccine.

The government has targeted to vaccinate 10.11 lakh children in the drive. But the sources revealed that only 3.61 lakh children are fully vaccinated. It is learnt that 6.50 lakh beneficiaries in this age group have skipped their second dose in the state. While, 7.11 lakh children have taken the first jab.

The parents are not taking their wards to inoculation as the Covid-19 situation is subduing. It is observed that not only just the protection of children gets compromised, but also the wastage of vaccine increases in the state. A veil of Corbevax will contain 20 doses of the vaccine. So, if the number of takers is five to six in a vaccination centre, then more than half of the veil remains unused which in turn ends up in wastage.

At present, Alappuzha has the highest number of fully vaccinated children in the 12-14 age category. Only 18 per cent has not taken the second dose. While Malappuram has the lowest number of fully vaccinated children. 88 per cent of them have not taken the second dose.

It is learnt that the education department is planning to assign a nodal person in each school to ascertain the number of students who have not taken the second dose.

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