Schools can reopen without the need to vaccinate children, says Dr V.K. Paul , NITI Aayog Member, Health. On Thursday, Paul made the announcement.
“Nowhere on the planet has vaccination of children been made a condition for reopening schools. Paul answered a question about the preparedness, updates and actions on Covid-19 at a press conference.
“However, it is important to make sure that the classes are held in open areas with good ventilation. Children, as well as the teaching and non-teaching personnel, must adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines. He said that the topic of vaccines for children is still a developing scientific and public health debate. Because of the low mortality rate and high incidences of asymptomatic infections, only a few countries have implemented vaccinations for children. There is no WHO recommendation. India is actively working towards the scientific validation of our vaccine’s potential use in children.
“As of right now, we have Zydus (Cadila), which is already licensed to children. Paul said that we have information about the stockpile, and that scientific bodies are researching the best ways to administer it.”
“Covaxin’s trial with children is nearly complete. It would be possible to give it to our younger generation once we have the results. We will also have another option. He also said that other vaccines are in development.
Children were not affected by the SARS COV-2 virus in the 2020 first wave. However, significant numbers of children under 18 years old tested positive in April-May this year. This was a time when India experienced a second devastating wave of the virus due to the new Delta variant. The debate surrounding vaccination of adolescents and children has intensified since then.