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VACCINATION FOR 12-18 YEARS TO BEGIN FROM NEXT MONTH

Published Sep 17, 2021, 2:46 pm IST | Updated Sep 17, 2021, 3:14 pm IST

Zydus Cadila's needle-free Coronavirus vaccine - ZyCoV-D - is likely to be available approximately by October.

Zydus Cadila's needle-free coronavirus vaccine- ZyCoV-D
Zydus Cadila's needle-free coronavirus vaccine- ZyCoV-D

 

New Delhi: 1 crore doses of Cadila vaccines will be supplied for the 12-18 years of age. The vaccination drive will likely begin next month. Zydus Cadila's needle-free coronavirus vaccine- ZyCoV-D is likely to be available approximately by October. The vaccine has been approved to be issued to teenagers between 12 and 18 years.

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Although, the pricing details of the vaccine are not out yet. "The discussion on the pricing of ZyCoV-D is ongoing. A decision will be taken soon. We are looking to include this vaccine in the national vaccination program," Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog had said in an exclusive interview. 

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Presently, Covishield, Covaxin, and Sputnik V vaccines are being administered to the eligible population above 18 years. On 20 August, India's drugs regulator approved the Zydus Cadila vaccine for emergency use. 


ZyCoV-D is the world's first plasmid DNA vaccine for Covid-19. It's a three-dose vaccine that will be administered on day zero, day 28, and day 56. The vaccine has been approved to be issued to teenagers between 12 and 18 years.

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