The vaccines, which are administered in two doses spaced 21 or 28 days apart, are especially safe because they do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19.
With half the children under five in India being malnourished, the present Covid-19 crisis could further impact child nutrition and service delivery across the country that is in the grip of a ferocious second wave, said the UN Children's Fund UNICEF.
"Aside from being safe and also getting vaccinated, the kids can also enjoy the outdoors, the scenery, and the animals that are here inside," said Joyce Pablo, mother of one of the children being inoculated.
"We have found that a sizable population of housewives are unvaccinated, and they socialise and attend weddings without face masks,” Qasim Siraj Soomro, parliamentary secretary health of the Sindh provincial government, said.
The government tightened restrictions in Manila and several provinces and cities this week. Unvaccinated people among the capital's 13 million people were ordered to stay home, after infection numbers tripled in the last two days.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 471,588 additional COVID-19 tests and detected 3,020 new coronavirus cases.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Health, people who are travelling abroad can get a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine free of cost by showing their documents at vaccination centres.
“Vaccinating older people is one of the most important and impactful ways to save lives during a pandemic. We know that senior citizens are at high risk for developing severe disease, getting hospitalised and dying from COVID-19,” Yadav told a public briefing.
Fixing the target for fully and partially vaccinated people till the end of March, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to approach Covax to start vaccination of children aged five to 11 years (numbering 43.7 million) against COVID-19.
The new training hub comes after the UN agency set up a technology transfer hub in Cape Town, South Africa, last year to give companies from poor and middle-income countries the know-how to produce COVID-19 vaccines based on mRNA technology.