The African continent is far behind on vaccinations as richer countries keep doses for their citizens.
This comes close on heels of the Jharkhand government last month asserting that "artificial" tie-up of 25 per cent vaccination in private hospitals may result in many citizens missing the jabs.
The court was informed by the Centre that clinical trials for the vaccines for children under 18 years of age are going on and on the verge of completion and that a policy will be formed soon.
The PIL filed on behalf of a minor sought directions for immediate vaccination of those in the 12-17 age group on the ground that there were fears a likely 3rd wave of COVID could affect them more.
Pregnant women infected with COVID-19, who have been treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, can be vaccinated after 12 weeks of recovery, the civic body said.
Raghu Sharma said that from June 21, the state has been completely dependent on the Centre for the availability of vaccines.
Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the weekly pace of vaccinations has declined to nearly 60 percent.
Bengal, which has received 2.30 crore doses thus far, has vaccinated over 1.77 crore people with the first jab, and more than 62 lakh residents with both the shots, he noted.
The districts where vaccination will be conducted are Cuttack, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Sundargarh and Nabarangpur besides Bhubaneswar.
The companies said they believe a third dose of the mRNA vaccine has the potential to preserve the highest levels of protective efficacy against all currently known variants including Delta.
The mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna contain genetic instructions for our cells to make the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2, which the virus uses to infect and enter the human cells.
Cases were also reported in most of the major cities and towns across the country, including Busan, Daejeon and the North and South Gyeongsang provinces.
However, countries such as Taiwan, Pakistan and Bangladesh have got their shipment of vaccines.
According to the Union Health Ministry, the states will receive over 47 lakh additional doses within the next three days.
Population, caseload, utilisation efficiency and wastage are some of the factors the Union Health Ministry claimed to have based its vaccine allocation on.