Representatives from all government, private schools, junior colleges and coaching classes extended favourable response to administering vaccination against corona to the students. The first dose would be given to students in the age group of 15-18 years from January 3, 2022 onwards, as per the directives by the Central Government.
Ram Joshi, Additional Municipal Commissioner, held a meeting of these representatives in Corona War Room in the administrative building of NMC on Wednesday to make planning for vaccination to youths and seek cooperation from the educational institutions.
Joshi informed that the students would be given first dose of Covaxin only and then second dose would be administered after 28 days. The students born on January 1, 2007 or earlier are eligible for the vaccination. Since the students in this age group are studying in 10th and 12th standards, the vaccination programme at the beginning if the representatives extended their active cooperation. The parents should take initiative in this programme and make their wards secured, Joshi appealed.
This is the first experiment of vaccinating students in the age group of 15-18 years in the city. The managements of the institutions should organise vaccination camps and make seating and drinking water arrangements. The corporation will provide vaccine, medicines, nurses, ambulance, doctors and other facilities, Joshi said adding that vaccination would be done only after consent from the parents.
In order to avoid rush the students would be called accordingly for the purpose.
The representatives gave positive response and assured all possible help to the corporation.
Meanwhile, Prof Jayant Jambhulkar, one of the representatives, suggested to give priority to 12th std students in view of practical examinations beginning in February month. Then the vaccination programme should be held for HSC students. The fear would be reduced among the students during examinations if vaccination completed well before, he added.