The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI)’s emergency use authorization for Zydus Cadila’s covid vaccine may finally pave the way for educational institutions to reopen. The vaccine is expected to be available for children above 12 years by the end of September.
The Union health ministry will soon revise the guidelines for opening schools and issue an advisory on the inoculation programme for children and adolescents, officials said.
“The government has been issuing advisories for schools and colleges from time to time through the pandemic. Now that the Zydus vaccine has been approved by the authorities, we may revise the existing guidelines for schools soon. Children above 12 years will now be vaccinated,” said a senior health ministry official.
The DCGI approved the use of ZyCoV-D in India’s vaccination programme on Friday.