Omicron in India: States begin preparations to immunize children and 4 updates

Omicron in India: States begin preparations to immunize children and 4 updates

By Ishita Shrivastava

The Health Ministry confirmed on December 29 that Omicron’s Indian tally reached 781. Several states have started preparing to vaccinate children, while Chennai and the Punjab have introduced new Covid-19 restrictions.

No deaths from Omicron have yet been reported in India.


Here is the status and distribution by UT:

Delhi – 238

Maharashtra – 167

Gujarat – 73

Kerala – 65

Telangana – 62

Rajasthan – 46

Tamil Nadu – 34

Karnataka – 34

Haryana – 12

West Bengal – 11

Madhya Pradesh – 9

Odisha – 8

Andhra Pradesh – 6

Uttrakhand – 4

Chandigarh – 3

Jammu and Kashmir – 3

Uttar Pradesh – 2

Himachal Pradesh – 1

Goa – 1

Ladakh – 1

Manipur – 1


Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to start vaccination campaigns for children over 15 on December 25, states started full preparations.

Delhi: An estimated 7-9 Lakh teenagers reside in the national capital. The State is likely to set up vaccination centers for adolescents in existing centers. Public schools and hospitals, as well as private hospitals will provide the facility.

Maharashtra: According to the National Family Health Survey-5, 3.7% of the population of Maharashtra is in the 15-18 age group. Maharashtra is awaiting the final number of its teenage population, but 9 lakh teenagers are confirmed to reside in Mumbai. After confirmation of the correct figures, vaccination is likely to take place at existing vaccination centers.

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu state health department began preparations on December 26. State Health Minister Ma Subramanian spoke to the media earlier and said “they have identified 33.2 lakhs of children aged 15-18 in the state.” Vaccination centers will be set up in schools and special camps will be organized by the state government of Tamil Nadu for this.

Assam: According to the Assam health department, 18.25 Lakh people in their population are in the 15-18 age group. Dr Lakshmanan S, mission director of the National Health Mission (NHM) in Assam, told India Today by telephone: “Our discussions with various departments and the district administration are continuing. It has not yet been decided where the doses of the vaccine will be given to adolescents, but discussions are ongoing. “


Due to growing fear of the Omicron threat, Chennai Police have asked people not to congregate on any of the city’s beaches, including Marina, Besant Nagar, Neelankarai and those along the East Coast Road that connects Chennai to Kanyakumari. Vehicle parking near the beach has also been prohibited and traffic on the beach roads is prohibited from 9 p.m. on December 31.

Police said access to Kamaraj Road, Marina Beach Road from the war memorial to Gandhi statue and Besant Nagar Elliot Beach Road will be restricted. The commercialized New Year celebrations which are expected to take place in resorts, farms, clubs and auditoriums and entertainment events, dances, DJs and musicals at hotels, resorts, farms and Public places are also prohibited. Celebrations in Resident Welfare Associations (RWA), apartments and villas are also not allowed.

The Punjab issued new Covid-19 restrictions on December 28 asking people who are NOT fully vaccinated to stay in their homes and not to visit any public place. The restriction will come into effect on January 15, 2022, the government of Punjab said in its latest ordinance. This restriction also applies to political gatherings.


The Center said on December 28 that people over 60 with comorbidities do not need to upload or provide a medical certificate to be eligible for the “precautionary dose” of the Covid-19 vaccine. ” A letter from Health Secretary Rakesh Bhushan to the States read: “All persons aged 60 and over with co-morbidities will not be required to produce / submit a medical certificate when administering the precautionary dose. These people are supposed to get the advice of their doctor before deciding to avail the precautionary dose.

The letter further stated: “Their (patients aged 60 and over) are eligible for the precautionary dose depending on when they took their second dose. Only nine months after the second dose will they be eligible.

(Ishita Srivastava is passionate about writing about politics, business, lifestyle and entertainment. She is an associate editor at DailyO.)