Bengaluru (Karnataka): The State has commenced the vaccination of students who are pursuing higher studies from Monday, stated the Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said.
“There are 24,37,732 students pursuing higher studies in Karnataka. We are starting their vaccination from today. We want to innoculate students so they can resume higher education classes,” added the health minister.
He also that parents of children aged below 10 years will also be inoculated on a priority basis.
The supply of vaccines has been increased for this purpose.
Speaking about the reopening of schools and colleges amid the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, he stated that “The government will have to unlock step-by-step. I agree that education is important but the lives of students are more important. We need to be extra cautious,” Dr. Sudhakar said.
He stated that “the Centre has cautioned the state governments to not unlock in a hurry and do it stage by stage instead because many might be the carriers of COVID-19.”
“The Technical Advisory Committee has sought to know if the second wave of covid-19 has ended. This question arises because the infections declined due to the lockdown. We will need at least a week to assess the situation. We should wait for one more week to see the effects of unlocking,” Sudhakar said.
Speaking about the ongoing vaccination drive he stated that four to five lakh people are getting inoculated on an average on daily basis.
Earlier, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan had said that all college students above 18 years, their teaching staff and non-teaching staff will be considered as a priority group to administer COVID vaccine.
The Deputy CM, who also holds the higher education portfolio, said vaccination for the above groups would be taken up in July in the respective colleges as per the guidelines of the central government after consulting with the officers.
(With PTI Inputs)