Dec 25, 2021 - World

India expands COVID-19 vaccinations to teens

Narendra Modi. Photo: T. Narayan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

India will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 15-18 on Jan. 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday.

Why it matters: India has had the second-most COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, trailing only the U.S., and appears to be in the beginning stages of an Omicron surge.

  • The country also plans to begin providing booster doses to health care and other frontline workers, as well as high-risk individuals and those over 60 the following week.
  • Modi said more than 90% of the current eligible population over the age of 18 has received a first dose of the vaccine.

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