All adults to get free COVID-19 vaccine from today
India will begin its next phase of COVID 19 vaccine drive. The government will provide free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone above the age of 18 years, on June 21. The new COVID vaccination policy is a significant shift from the government’s ‘liberalised and accelerated’ policy, announced earlier.
The change in policy was announced on June 7 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a televised address to the nation, he said the central government will provide free coronavirus vaccine to states for inoculation of all adults and had also asserted that vaccine supply would be increased significantly in the country in the coming days.
Prior to this announcement, a liberalised vaccine policy was in place wherein the Centre procured 50 percent of the vaccines while states and private hospitals procured the rest directly from the manufacturers.
Everything you need to know about the free vaccination drive
- All citizens above the age of 18 can get free vaccination at government facilities from June 21.
- The Centre will buy 75% of the total vaccine production from manufacturers and give it free to the state governments. Several states had already declared free vaccines for all.
- Registration on CoWin or Aarogya Setu app is no more mandatory.
- The priority population group will be health care workers, frontline workers, citizens above 45 years of age, and then citizens whose second dose is due, followed by citizens 18 years and above.
- Facilities of Common Service Centres and Call Centres can be availed by states to help citizens book slots for vaccination.
- The central government also will bear the responsibility of 25 percent of the work related to vaccination with the states, an arrangement which was implemented in the weeks following the announcement.
- The supply of vaccine to the states will be decided by population, COVID-19 caseload and vaccination wastage.
- Private sector hospitals can continue to procure 25 percent of vaccines, but their service charge would be capped at Rs 150 per dose over the fixed price of the vaccine. Read: Center announces revised prices for COVID-19 vaccine for private hospitals