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UP Chief Minister launches Covid-19 vaccination drive for kids between 15 to 18

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the COVID-19 vaccination drive for children aged 15 to 18 from Civil Hospital in Lucknow today. About 2,150 booths have been set up across the state to inoculate 1.4 crore eligible children in this age group. CM Yogi thanked the central government for providing vaccines free of cost for children, as they were provided for the adults earlier.

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Speaking on the occasion, the CM said, “There are 1.4 crore children in the age group of 15-18 in the state and 2,150 booths have been set up for their vaccination. 39 such centers have been set up in the state capital alone. The state government expresses gratitude to the Centre for providing free vaccines for children.”

The CM further informed that 20.25 crore individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in UP, of which 12.84 crores have received the first dose while 7.40 crores have received both doses.

Speaking about the new Omicron variant of Coronavirus, Yogi said, “Omicron spreads fast but causes very mild disease. The virus has weakened. It is like viral fever but precautions are necessary. However, there is no need to panic.”

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He assured that an adequate number of hospital beds and vaccine doses are available in the state and the state government is fully prepared. Only 8 cases of Omicron have been reported in the state, out of which 3 patients have fully recovered.

Meanwhile, the active cases of Coronavirus infections in UP went up to 1,725 on Sunday, as 552 more people were tested positive. “In all 1,78,831 samples were tested in the past 24 hours and the report of 552 was positive for COVID-19 while 37 patients recovered in the past 24 hours,” said Amit Mohan Prasad, additional Chief Secretary (medical health), in a press statement. The overall positivity rate in the state is 1.84% while the recovery rate stands at 98.6%, said Prasad.

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