The government on Wednesday said everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years and having any other illnesses will be able to get Covid-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities and for a charge at many private hospitals.
Announcing the next phase of India’s vaccination drive, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said a proposal to this effect was approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The minister said at a post-Cabinet media briefing, “While the vaccine will be given for free at government centres, it will be available for a charge, to be decided later, at many private hospitals.”
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Private Centres Will Charge For The Vaccine: Price Yet To Be Decided
Further Javadekar further informed that privates centres will charge for the vaccination and the rates will be decided in the next three to four days. The Union Health Ministry is affianced in talks with vaccine manufacturers and private hospitals to decide the charge for vaccination to all civilians.
1.14 Crore Recipients Received The Jab Till Now
On January 16 the vaccination drive started in India for the healthcare and frontline workers, and the number was estimated to be around three crores. The decision came after India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crossed 1.14 crore recipients.
India Sees Surge In Cases
India’s drugs regulator on January 3 approved Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute, and the indigenously-developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.
Over 11 lakh people have been administered two doses of Covid vaccines so far amid reports of upward trend in cases in the past one week.
India has reported 13,742 new Covid-19 cases, 14,037 discharges and 104 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India stands at 1,10,30,176 and the active cases tally is 1,46,907.
While as many as 1,56,567 deaths have been reported, a total of 1,07,26,702 people have been discharged.