Apollo Hospitals to provide free Covid jabs to kids with certain co-morbidities | Latest News India

A number one non-public healthcare group on Monday mentioned it can provide Covid-19 jabs for free to kids with “specified co-morbidities”, even because the Centre is but to announce its approval to it. Apollo Hospitals, in a press release, mentioned, nonetheless, it’s an “indicative list” and the “final list of co-morbidities eligible for free vaccination would be as per the list published by the government”.

Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D has already obtained Emergency Use Authorisation from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) within the nation and will probably be administered to these aged 12 years and above. It is but to be launched within the nationwide Covid vaccination programme.

As for the emergency use approval for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin within the 2-18 years age group by the DCGI, it’s below knowledgeable analysis, official sources had earlier mentioned.

On October 12, the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on Covid-19 of the central drug authority had advisable granting emergency use authorisation to Covaxin for youngsters and adolescents within the 2-18 years age group with certain circumstances.

“It is anticipated that approval will soon be granted for vaccinating children with specified co-morbidities and immediately post-approval, and details of the age-group permitted for vaccination, the free vaccination initiative would be launched by Apollo Hospitals across its units,” the assertion mentioned.

“The list is expected to include children with haematological, neurological, cardiac, liver, gastrointestinal, rheumatic, cancer, respiratory, genitourinary and developmental disorders,” it mentioned.

Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, mentioned, “Adults have been the focus of vaccination till now as by and large, children have been spared from severe Covid infection. However, this is not the case in children with co-morbidities. These children continue to be at high risk of developing a severe infection. In addition, children with comorbidities have also seen a significant psychosocial impact as the lockdown resulted in their missing out on the personalised attention and specialised treatment and care that they require.”

The authorities’s approval of vaccination for youngsters with co-morbidities, when it comes by way of, will probably be a “welcome step in the right direction”, he was quoted as saying within the assertion.

“Realising the criticality of this vaccination, we will be extending the Covid vaccines completely free of cost to children with co-morbidities and giving them the necessary ‘kavach’ (shield) against Covid,” Reddy mentioned.

Both vaccines can be out there at Apollo Hospitals’ vaccination centres throughout the nation as soon as all approvals by the federal government are in place and the vaccines are made out there, the assertion mentioned.

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