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Question on vaccinating teenagers

New Delhi. Questions are being raised on the government’s decision to vaccinate adolescents aged 15 to 18 years to prevent corona virus infection. The Prime Minister announced on Saturday night that from January 3, children between the ages of 15 and 18 would be vaccinated. Earlier, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had approved the emergency use of Covaccine for children aged 12 to 18 years. However, soon after the decision of the government, senior doctor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS Delhi, Sanjay Rai has questioned this.

On Sunday, AIIMS senior doctor Sanjay K Rai termed this decision as unscientific. He is also an Epidemiologist and President of the Indian Public Health Association. He says that before implementing this decision, the data of those countries should be studied, where children are already being vaccinated. Dr Rai said that if we analyze the risks and benefits, then we will find that the benefits of vaccinating children are less and the risks are more.

Significantly, the trial of covaccine is going on in AIIMS Delhi on adults and children. Dr. Rai is associated with this trial. After the announcement of the Prime Minister, in a tweet tagging the Prime Minister’s Office ie PMO, Dr. Rai wrote – I am a big fan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for selfless service towards the country and taking decisions at the right time, but on the vaccination of children. I am disappointed by his unscientific decision.

Dr Rai said- In the case of children, the severity of infection is very less and according to the data that we have, only two deaths have been recorded in a population of one million. In the case of children, 15 thousand deaths are not happening in 10 lakhs like adults. He further said- If you analyze the risks and benefits, then you will find that the benefits of vaccinating children are less and the risk is more. In such a situation, no purpose is being fulfilled by giving vaccine to children.

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