Vaccinating class 12 students important but seems impractical in present situation, say experts

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Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia demanded that students should be vaccinated before conducting class 12 board exams. As around 95 per cent of the class 12 students are above the age of 17.5 years, he suggested that the Centre should consult experts on whether Covishield and Covaxin jabs can be given to the students

The demand has been made by several states, including Kerala and Delhi, to vaccinate class 12 students before conducting board exams, which is a pertinent point but seems to be impractical at present, according to several health experts and education experts.

During a high-level meeting called by the Ministry of Education to decide the fate of pending class 12 board exams, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia demanded that students should be vaccinated before conducting class 12 board exams.

Noting that around 95 per cent of the class 12 students are above the age of 17.5 years, Sisodia suggested that the Centre should consult experts on whether Covishield and Covaxin jabs can be given to them. He had also recommended consulting Pfizer for getting vaccines for children since their trials for children have already concluded. Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Meghalaya have also urged the central government to vaccinate teachers and students on priority to ensure their safety during their time at the test centre.


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