Amid the surge of coronavirus cases in the country, the government had decided to make the coronavirus vaccination available to all the citizens above the age of 18 years from May 1st onwards.
However, this will be the third phase of mass vaccination process that started on January 16, 2021. The third announcement of the third phase vaccination came after a rapid increase in the number of covid cases in the country.
The Union Health Ministry, adding to the relief, on Tuesday announced that the beneficiaries who got their first jab before April 30 will receive the second dose for free.
Beneficiaries Of Priority Groups To Receive Second Doses For Free
According to a letter issued by the Union Health Ministry, the priority groups of Healthcare Workers, Frontline Workers, and people aged above 45 years who received the vaccine before April 30 will get the second jab at government Covid vaccination centres (CVCs) for free. However, on a payment basis at the rate fixed by such private CVCs, the beneficiaries who come under these categories will be eligible to avail their second dose in private CVCs being run under ‘other than Government of India’ channel.
But this is for people who received their first dose at private CVCs and are yet to receive the second dose of the vaccination. When the number of coronavirus cases reached at a peak 15,061,919, this initiative comes as a major step to curtail the second wave of coronavirus cases taking toll in India.
But There Are Shortage Of Covid-19 Vaccines In Several States
The shortage of vaccine supplies and uncertainties could be a hurdle although the vaccine rollout is to begin as scheduled.
Delhi will begin vaccinating the beneficiaries in the 18-45 age group that started on Monday according to reports. So far, the Delhi government has requested 1.34 crores vaccine doses, which will be delivered over the next three months. Though the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that everybody above 18 would be administered Covid-19 vaccines free of cost in the capital.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra said that the rollout would start as scheduled, but it depends on the supplies. Other states including Odisha, Punjab, and Andhra Pradesh, seek the help of the centre to supply the vaccines to the states.