15-18 Years Can Use School Ids For Vax, Register On Spot, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Kolkata: Youngsters aged 15 to 18 years can register and book vaccination slots on Co-Win or simply walk into a centre for a shot. They can also use their school ID cards as an identity document for registration. The Bengal government allowed these conditions ahead of the roll-out of the inoculation drive for 48 lakh-odd teenagers on Monday. The state has also offered to help schools set up on-campus vaccination sites.

In a meeting with private hospitals on Friday, state health secretary Narayan Swarup Nigam stressed the need to stock up on Covaxin, the only vaccine allowed for the 15-18 years age group. Three senior health officials—Saumitra Mohan, Y Ratnakara Rao and Rehana Bashir—will head the roll-out.

“The new beneficiaries will be those whose birth year is 2007 or before. They will be administered Covaxin, as per central guidelines. They can register and book a slot on Co-Win. Those who don’t have access to the portal, verifiers or vaccinators at the centres will help register and book a slot on the spot,” a health official said. District magistrates have been advised to meet health, civic and district school officials to finalize plans.

The state has given its nod to set

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