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Will wait for NTAGI’s nod before administering COVID-19 vaccine in 5-12 age group: Health Minister

When asked if the gap for taking the booster dose has been reduced from nine months to six, the minister said, NTAGI is the panel to take decisions in this regard.

April 28, 2022 / 05:29 PM IST
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. (File image)

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. (File image)

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on April 28 said the Centre will be waiting for a green signal from the National Technical Advisory Group for Immunisation (NTAGI) to give COVID-19 vaccine doses to the children in the age group of five to 12 years.

"We will wait for the recommendations from NTAGI and then take a call on it," Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said today.

When asked if the gap for taking the booster dose has been reduced from nine months to six, the minister said, NTAGI is the panel to take decisions in this regard.

Drug Controller General of India VG Somani on April 25 granted emergency use authorisation for Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax for children aged between five to 12 years and Bharat Biotech's vaccine for those aged between six to 12 years.