Highlights:

  • The decision will be implemented from June 21
  • People who have not yet been vaccinated with the second dose will be given priority
  • The Centre will procure 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the manufacturers in the country
  • States will check that only Rs 150 service charge is levied by the private hospitals over the vaccines

On Tuesday, the Union government released its revised guidelines for its national inoculation program. According to the latest guidelines, the Centre will give Covid-19 vaccine doses free of charge. It will now be allocated to states and Union territories based on criteria like their population, disease burden, and the progress of the vaccination program.

The government will implement this decision in two weeks by June 21. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare strictly mentioned that the wastage of vaccines would be affecting the allocation negatively.

The statement added that the government would be prioritizing health care and frontline workers, those above 45 years of age, citizens whose second dose is due, and people of 18 years and above in respect of the free vaccine doses.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a centralized vaccine drive and said that the Centre would produce procure 75 percent of the vaccines being produced by the manufacturers in the country.

The states will mandatorily monitor that the private hospital imposes only Rs 150 service charge over the decided price of the vaccines. Modi has also declared free jabs for all adults starting from June 21 to ramp up the massive inoculation drive.

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