New Delhi, April 19, 2021: The Covid-19 vaccination drive will open for all persons above the age group of 18 from May 1. The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During the meeting, PM Modi said that the government had been working hard for over a year to ensure that maximum numbers of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. He added that India is vaccinating people at a world record pace and we will continue this with even greater momentum.
As part of the ’liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of Covid-19 vaccination’, all persons above the age of 18 years will be eligible to get Covid-19 vaccine jabs.
In this phase, the state governments will be allowed to procure vaccines directly from the manufacturers. The vaccine manufacturers will also be allowed to sell the vials in the open market.
"Under Phase 3 of Covid vaccination strategy, vaccine manufacturers would supply 50 per cent of their monthly Central Drugs Laboratory released doses to the Government of India and would be free to supply the remaining 50 per cent doses to state governments and in the open market," an official statement form the Centre said.
"The Government of India, from its share, will allocate vaccines to states/UTs based on criteria of extent of infection (number of active Covid cases) abnd performance (speed of administration). Wastage of vaccine will also be considered in this criteria and will affect criteria negatively," the statement said.