A similar response was echoed by an official from the Kautilya School’s Vaccination Center, where a child had arrived for inoculation but had to be sent back because there were no more beneficiaries there.

The first day of the Covid vaccination campaign for children aged 12-14 was lukewarm in the capital, with vaccinators hoping for a better turnout over the weekend, when schools are closed.

In South Delhi’s Greater Kailash 1, no beneficiary had visited the Pahariwala Gurdwara vaccination center until 12 noon, where empty seats lined up as frontline workers chatted.

A dingy corner near the parking lot of the Pahariwala Gurdwara served as a vaccination site for the young beneficiaries.
Asked about the response of the vaccination exercise on day one, vaccination officer Pradeep Kumar said no dose has been administered so far.
“No children in the age group of 12-14 have arrived at the center yet. We opened the center around 9am. Some children had come, but they belonged to a different age group,” said Kumar.

Kumar blames the lack of awareness among the people behind the poor turnout.
“Parents are not aware of this vaccination campaign. In addition, I have a feeling that it is a school day and that is why no one has come,” he said, adding that “we expect students to come on weekends for vaccination.”

Day one of the Covid vaccination campaign for children aged 12-14 saw a lukewarm response in several centers where none or few beneficiaries arrived for the vaccination.

About 6-7 lakh children in this age range are eligible for vaccination in the city, and the number would continue to increase as the day goes on, official sources had said on Tuesday.

The city government has received 6,31,400 doses of the Corbevax vaccine, they said, adding that training has been provided to staff in all departments involved for the exercise.

However, several other centers in South Delhi also received a lukewarm response on Wednesday.

In the government of Kautilya, Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, near the Chirag enclave, no one in the age group of 12-14 had received the vaccine until 1 pm.
“There is a lack of awareness. Children in schools are not aware of the program. That is why we have asked the school to inform parents about this. In addition, the COWIN system has not been updated,” said vaccination officer Himanshu Kaushal.

The main problem with the vaccination is that each vial has 20 doses and to avoid wastage, 20 children should be present at a time so that doses can be administered within hours of opening the vial.

“Even if a few children arrive, we cannot administer the COVID-19 vaccine because it takes at least 15 children to open a vial,” Kumar noted.
A similar response was echoed by an official from the Kautilya School’s Vaccination Center, where a child had arrived for inoculation but had to be sent back because there were no more beneficiaries there.

“The problem is that there are 20-dose vials available and we can’t open them unless there are enough children. A child arrived for vaccination, but that’s why we had to send him back,” Kaushal said.

Several Covid vaccination centers in the 11 districts in Delhi have been identified for the vaccination exercise.

Despite the name mentioned in the list of centers, there was no vaccination camp in the SDMC school in Malviya Nagar.
“There used to be a vaccine camp, but that was shifted when physical classes resumed at the school and there weren’t enough classes,” an official said.
Meanwhile, several beneficiaries were administered the vaccines on the first day at a center in the Dilshad Garden in eastern Delhi.

The CVC representative there said that about 13 students had come for the vaccination until noon and most of them are studying in the same school.
“I took my son and his friend who is our neighbor to a J&K pocket government school in Dilshad Garden for vaccination. His friend’s teacher had sent him a WhatsApp message, after which we learned more about the vaccination,” said Nasreen, a local resident.

Delhi reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Tuesday, while the positivity rate was 0.42 percent, according to data shared by the city’s health department.

The Center on Tuesday released guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination of children between the ages of 12-14 and said only the Corbevax vaccine would be used for the beneficiaries of this age group.

According to the guidelines, two doses of the intramuscular vaccine Corbevax from Biological E’s would be administered to beneficiaries aged 12-14 years with an interval of 28 days.

According to the guidelines of the Center, vaccination from 12-14 years would be carried out through special inoculation sessions to avoid accidental vaccination with other COVID-19 vaccines.


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