PM Modi Announces Vaccine For All Above 18 Starting May 1
The government has stated in a statement one day that all adults will be vaccinating in “a liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 vaccine strategy,” a new record high of 2,73 lakh cases in a day is recorded in India.
New Delhi: Vaccinations are open to everyone above 18, from 1 May, after a series of meetings today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India’s response to regular record surges in Covid cases, the government has declared.
All adults are vaccinated and States can purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers in the “liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination,” the Government said one day a new high of 2.73 lakh cases registered in each day by the country.
Indian inoculation was begun in January with two Covid vaccines – Oxford-Serum AstraZeneca’s Institute of India and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. To date, the Government has only required health employees, frontline workers and anyone over 45 to receive vaccines through a centrally regulated method.
States like Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab have in recent weeks called for vaccines and also complained that vaccine stocks are running out.
In a controversial statement from the state to the centre of tussle, a senior officer said: “The target is never for everyone to vaccinate but for anyone who needs it.”
Though vaccinations were slow compared to the goal of the centre, in the last few days the country has clocked two lakh cases daily.
The government recently approved international vaccines that were cleared in other countries in a fast-tracked manner.
PM Modi emphasised today in his meetings that vaccination is “the best tool in the battle against coronavirus” and called on doctors to promote the vaccination of more, more and more patients.
“The Government has worked hard for more than a year to ensure that the maximum number of Indians can get the vaccine as soon as possible,” said the PM.
In the latest round of the world’s largest vaccination drive, pricing, procurement, eligibility and administration of vaccinations would be flexible.
Vaccine producers are encouraged to scale their output and distribute up to 50% of their supply to countries and the free market at a declared price.
Here are key points in the liberalized vaccination rules:
- Vaccine manufacturers will supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) released doses to the central government and will be free to supply the remaining 50% doses to state governments and in the open market.
- Manufacturers will declaration prices in advance for the vaccines supplied to state governments and in the open market.
- Based on this price, state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments can buy vaccine doses from the manufacturers.
- Vaccinations at central government centres provided free of cost, will continue for previous categories – health workers, frontline workers and those above 45.
- The Centre will allocate vaccines from its share to States or Union Territories based on the number of cases. Vaccine wastage can affect the quota of a state.
- The second dose for existing priority groups will be a priority.