Free Vaccination launches in India

The centralised free vaccination policy, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin on Yoga Day under which the govt will provide free COVID-19 vaccine to all or any Indian citizens over the age of 18.

On June 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made the announcement on national television, saying that the central government would take over the nationwide vaccination campaign and therefore the Centre could procure 75% of vaccines and provides them to states for free distribution to all or any citizens over the age of 18.

Consistent with the previously announced liberalization plan, the Centre also will handle the 25% vaccination that was with states till now.

In a briefing on June 18, the health ministry said that states would be playing a facilitatory role by aggregating demand and vaccination capabilities of private hospitals within the state and make sure the administration of vaccinations.

Dr VK Paul, Member, Health of the Niti Aayog said, “There will be a systematic flow of vaccines to the private sector as well. I’m hopeful that in this way, there’ll be a lot of energy in the participation of the private sector and vaccination sites will increase”.

Co-Win or Aarogya Setu App registration not mandatory:

Registration on CoWin or Aarogya Setu application is not any longer mandatory. Citizens of India can now go in and get themselves vaccinated at all vaccination centres (public and private) and get the option to get registered at the vaccination centre.

COVID-19 vaccine cost:

The Indian government has also set price caps for private hospitals on the three approved COVID-19 vaccines. The maximum price that can be charged per dose by private vaccine centres or hospitals for the three vaccines currently available in India –

  • Rs 780 for Covishield
  • Rs 1,410 for Covaxin
  • Rs 1,145 for Sputnik V

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