Centre Liberalises Vaccine Criteria, Everyone Above 18 Years of Age Eligible For Shot

According to the order issued by the government on Monday evening, everyone above 18 years of age can get a vaccine shot from May 1, 2021.


New Delhi| From May 1, everyone over the age of 18 will be able to get the Coronavirus vaccine, the govt said on Monday. The government has also decided that the companies manufacturing the vaccine will supply 50% of their supplies to the centre. They can supply the remaining 50% to state governments or sell it in the open market. Registration through COWIN will be required for vaccination as before. In order to ensure that there is no shortage of vaccines, the State Governments have been given powers to purchase vaccines directly from companies.

Till now people above the age of 45 years were being given the Coronavirus vaccine across the country. 12.38 crore people have taken the first or second dose of vaccine across the country. According to the order issued by the government on Monday evening, the new policy will be implemented from May 1, 2021, and it will also be reviewed as per the requirement. The move comes amid the growing number of Coronavirus cases in the country that have taken the total tally to more than 1.50 crore with the country recording the highest ever 2.73 lakh cases on Monday.

Companies will supply 50% of the vaccine to the Centre

The government has asked the vaccine manufacturers that the phase-3 vaccine companies will supply 50% of the total vaccine produced in the month to the centre. The remaining 50% can be sold to the state governments and in the open market.

The price of the vaccine for sale in the market must be disclosed first

Companies will have to deliver 50% of the vaccine to the states and the open market before May 1, according to a fixed quota. Companies must decide their price in advance. After this, the state government, private hospitals, industrial units will be able to buy the vaccine directly from the companies. Private institutions applying vaccines will also have to disclose the charge in advance.

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