"By the end of September we should be able to give it," Dr Arora said, adding, "The issue of school opening and other things are very important and those are being discussed actively".

The focus on vaccinating children has been increasing in view of a threat perception for them in the third wave of Covid.

While a large section of experts - including the country's Paediatric Association --- has assured that the perception might be wrong and children will remain protected, the government has decided not to take any chances.

Earlier today, new health minister Mansukh Mandaviya told reporters that the government is planning to implement a health infrastructure package under which paediatric centres will be set up in 736 districts.

This will also involve 4000 specialised Intensive care unit beds for children.

Besides, several state governments including Delhi and Maharashtra are in the process of making special arrangements for children.



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