Vaccination for 18 years and above will start from May 1, the central government announced on Monday. The decision has come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings. These meetings were held to discuss the situation of coronavirus in the country.
Now, all the adults will be able to get vaccinated under “liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination”, the government said. On Monday, India reported a new high of 2.73 lakh cases in a day.
In India vaccines from two institutes- Serum Institute of India’s Covishield developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech’s made-in-India Covaxin are being inoculated.
In his meetings today, PM Modi stressed that vaccination was “the biggest weapon” in the fight against the coronavirus and urged doctors to encourage more and more patients to get vaccinated.
“The government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible of time,” said the PM.
Here are all the details about third phase of vaccination:
The third phase of the vaccination drive will be starting from May 1. The vaccine manufactures will supply 50 per cent of the vaccine to central government. And they will be able to sell off the rest 50 per cent vaccines to state government and open market.
Manufacturers would have to make an advance declaration of the price for 50 per cent supply that would be available to the state governments and in the open market before May 1, 2021, an official statement said.
This price declaration will allow state governments, private hospitals, industrial establishments and others to procure vaccine doses.
“India’s approach has been built on scientific and epidemiological pillars, guided by Global Best Practices, SoPs of WHO as well as our India’s foremost experts in the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC),” an official statement said.
It also added that the country has been “following a dynamic mapping model based on availability of vaccines & coverage of vulnerable priority groups to take decisions of when to open up vaccinations to other age-groups. A good amount of coverage of vulnerable groups is expected by 30th April.”
COVID-19 situation in India
Meanwhile, according to the Health Ministry, India reported 2,73,810 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of positive cases in the country to 1,50,61,919. There are currently 19,29,329 active cases in the country as of Monday.