22 States to Provide Free Covid-19 Vaccine From May 1
Published On Apr 26, 2021 12:00 AM By Yamini Sharma
In an effort to build up the Covid-19 vaccination drive in India, 22 Indian states have announced to provide their population free of cost Covid-19 vaccine. It must be noted that while some states have made the coronavirus vaccination free for all, others have stated to provide free of cost vaccination for people between the age of 18-45 only. Meanwhile, the central government will continue providing free vaccinations for those above 45 years of age.
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It must be noted that the list of states providing free Covid-19 vaccines include Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Bengal, Assam, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
States providing free Covid-19 vaccination to only people between 18 years to 45 years include Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Goa.
As per the reports, the states will procure vaccines from two major manufacturers. Serum Institute of India will supply 'Covishield' to state governments at a price of Rs. 400 per dose. Bharat Biotech will sell each dose of Covaxin to state governments at a price of Rs. 600.
In a recent press briefing, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that the state government will provide free vaccines to all above 18 years in Delhi government-run hospitals. However, people going to private hospitals for coronavirus vaccination will have to pay the price.
This comes at a time when India has registered over 3 lakh Covid-19 cases and over 2,000 deaths for the fifth straight day.
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