Apollo Hospitals said it would offer free Covid-19 vaccination to children with specific comorbidities across its hospital network. Experts anticipated that it would soon be granted for vaccinating children with specific comorbidities. Immediately after getting the nod; the free vaccination initiative, the authority would launch the healthcare major. It is expected to include children with hematological, neurological, cardiac, liver, gastrointestinal, rheumatic, cancer, respiratory, genitourinary, and developmental disorders. However, this is an indicative list, and the final list of comorbidities eligible for free vaccination would be as per the list published by the government.
Children have been spared from severe COVID-19 infection.
“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 comorbidities. These children continue to be at high risk of developing a severe infection.
Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap C Reddy said they are working to procure enough vaccines to be vaccinated. In addition, children with comorbidities have also seen a significant psychosocial impact. The lockdown resulted in them missing out on the personalized attention and specialized treatment and care they required.
The government’s approval of vaccinations for children with comorbidities, when it comes through, would be a welcome step in the right direction. Realizing the criticality of this vaccination, we will extend the COVID vaccines utterly free of cost to children with comorbidities and give them the necessary ‘kavach’ (shield) against COVID!” Reddy added. Since the start of the vaccination process, the healthcare major has administered over 50 lakh vaccine doses. There are two vaccines, Covaxin for the age group 2-18 and ZyCov-D for 12-18 years old– waiting for emergency use authorization from the government. Both vaccines would be available at Apollo Hospitals’ vaccination centers across the country. Once all government approvals are in place, and the vaccines are made available.