After the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic left the country in tatters with more than one lakh COVID-19 deaths recorded in two months, several sections of the media began raising questions about the vulnerability of children to get adversely impacted by COVID-19 during subsequent waves, if any.
Though the Government of India has been continually emphasising the need for COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, vaccination, and test, track, treat, to contain the pandemic, it has brought in experts several times since then to allay all other fears and apprehensions (related to the vulnerability of children).
NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr VK Paul, for instance, had said at the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s media briefing on COVID-19 on June 1, 2021, that adequate arrangements are being made in terms of healthcare infrastructure in order to provide effective care and treatment to children who may get infected.
He had also clarified that COVID-19 in children is often asymptomatic and seldom requires hospitalisation. However, it is possible that a small percentage of children who get infected may need hospitalisation.