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As Covid cases spike, CBSE advises schools to ensure students aged 15-18 get vaccinated fast

Advisory issued by CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi has been addressed to heads of all CBSE-affiliated schools & regional directors.

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New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all schools affiliated to it to get students in the age group of 15 to 18 years vaccinated at the earliest, after the central government opened vaccinations for them on 3 January.

“Taking the Covid-19 vaccination as per guidelines of government of India, will ensure safety of children and students of age group between 15-18, and provide protection to students leaving their homes to attend school,” the CBSE advisory issued Wednesday stated.

“Keeping in view the above facts, the heads of the CBSE affiliated schools are advised to encourage the parents, teachers and staff of the schools to get their children of age group 15-18 years, vaccinated as per guidelines of the Govt. of India as early as possible.”

The advisory, issued by CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi, has been addressed to heads of all CBSE-affiliated schools and regional CBSE directors. ThePrint has accessed a copy.

The advisory comes at a time when many states, including Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab and West Bengal, along with the cities of Delhi and Mumbai, have announced closing of schools once again, amid the recent spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country. Figures shared by the health ministry Thursday showed over 90,900 fresh Covid-19 cases being reported in the country.

Also read: Govt says no Covaxin supply issue: 5 cr doses with states, 10 cr more coming in next 2 months

‘Over 1 crore in 15-18 age group received first shot’

On Wednesday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya shared on social media that over one crore 15 to 18-year-olds have received the first dose of vaccine so far. The minister added that there was “super enthusiasm” among young Indians for vaccination.

“Over 1 crore youngsters between 15-18 age group have received 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine that too on the 3rd day of vaccination drive for children. I appeal to all eligible young friends to get vaccinated at the earliest,” Mandaviya tweeted.

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)

Also read: Covid R value in India shoots up to 1.96, highest since the beginning of the pandemic


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