The Kerala Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the Centre provide COVID-19 vaccines free of cost to all states.
Minister for Health, Women and Child Welfare, Veena George, moved the resolution in the House.
The resolution also requested the central government for timely distribution of the vaccines.
“In order to fight COVID-19, we need to provide free universal vaccination which will ensure that all sections of the society are protected from the virus,” George said.
She noted that the first wave of COVID-19 had weakened the economy and now the country was facing the second wave.
“If we could take necessary steps for speeding up the vaccination, it would help the economy also,” she said and urged everyone to join hands to combat the pandemic and ensure universal vaccination.
The members of the ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front and the Congress-headed United Democratic Front unanimously backed the resolution after suggesting minor changes.
Meanwhile, Covid data has revealed that while 7.67 per cent of the general population has tested positive for Covid, only 3.59 per cent of the total tribal population in Kerala has contracted the disease so far, according to data. But the major chunk of these infections among tribal communities has been reported within the last two months, according to data.