No reopening of schools without vaccines for below 18: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

The state has not decided yet on the issue of reopening schools and colleges.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday said that no decision can be taken yet about opening schools as those below 18 years cannot be vaccinated with clinical trials for this age group still on.

After receiving the 92-page interim report from the 13 member high-level committee, headed by noted cardiac surgeon Devi Prasad Shetty, set up to advise on measures to control a possible third wave, he told reporters that though the committee has recommended reopening of schools, the state has not decided yet on this issue.

"We are facing some genuine concerns about carrying out the vaccination drive. In the present scenario, clinical trials are still on to validate the vaccine for the below 18 year age group," he said.

Meanwhile, the expert committee led by Devi Shetty recommended reopening of schools - both government and private - in the state. The expert committee said that any further delay may push children into malnutrition, child labour, child marriage, child trafficking, begging.

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